I read a post today defining the word repent as “turning traitor”. While having little knowledge of Greek, there is definitely something more to repentance in the Bible than saying sorry.
We are shocked when Jesus told a man he couldn’t bury his father before following him (Matt 8:21-22) because we’ve never worked out Jesus is worth so much that “turning traitor” on the world is expected.
The Bible puts it up as a test of true faith:
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1 John 2:15
We can add that repentance doesn’t save us, Christ does, and that we need the Holy Spirit to effect this change. All is true. But the fact is: true Christians turn around.
It’s so obvious that the Church isn’t leaving the world behind. We bring in ideas that we bring our idols into church life. Obsession with human rights, law, feminism, homosexuality, sexual liberty, pride, intellectualism, wealth, classism, racism: all of these things have coloured Christian doctrine and ethics rather than Jesus.
Before we rant at others, why don’t we take a look at ourselves and consider whether we’ve truly surrendered the world for Christ. What are your idols that you need to turn traitor on? Feel free to post them below.