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Bloggin’ from South Africa

We had a service of confession here in South Africa–both private and corporate.  Emmanuel Chijindus is the Africa Area Director for YFC.  He is a powerful presence both on the platform and up close. He confessed the sins of Africa and by the end we were all weeping because of this mans true contrition for what his people had done.

The written word is wholly inadequate to capture what happened but here are the sins he confessed…

Sins of Ancestors and Ancient Chiefs
  • Idolatry
  • Human Sacrifices 
  • Killing of twins and throwing them away 
  • Throwing away the sick 
  • Africa's role in selling our kinsmen to slave traders 
  • Incest 
  • Subjugation of women as nothing 
  • Killing of early missionaries who came to us 

Sins of our Nations

  •  Tribalism
  • Nepotism 
  • Racism & Apartheid 
  • Rigging of Elections and placing the wrong people in power
  • Misappropriation   of Government & Public funds leading to the impoverishment of the masses
  •  Violent overthrow of Governments by coup
  • Assassinations  of our leaders

Sins in our Ministries

  • Dishonesty in reporting and exaggeration of figures so as to appear more successful
  • Overlording our staff & volunteers instead of serving them
  • Appropriating ministry materials and resources to ourselves and not to the ministry itself
  • Abandoning the ministry for personal pursuits 
  • Being manipulative in making choices for leadership  

Have you ever confessed the sins of your people in this way, that is, the way the people of God did in the Bible?

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Trivinia Barber

posted September 30, 2008 at 8:52 am

Robert: it’s amazing what simply confessing our sins can do to heal us individually, as a nation and as a global community. What stood out to me personally was abandoning the ministry for personal pursuits. It’s hard to admit that it’s a sin. It’s easy for us to dismiss our personal pursuits as not being sin, when in reality, if we’re not doing what God is calling us to do, then it is! I’ve often put off “serving” because I wanted to do something for me instead! It weighs on my heart even more the calling that God has put on my husband and I to adopt. It reaffirms that we’re doing the right thing, in the midst of our confusion and fear- that if we abandon this “ministry” God has placed so deeply in our hearts because we’re scared of what it will look like- or how it will change our lives- that we’re in essence turning our backs on God. I plan to spend time in prayer to confess the sins of us as Christians, as Coloradans and as Americans today and invite others to do the same… may it bring a transformation like we’ve not seen… Way to go Robert! See you Friday at the P127 event. Have a safe trip home.

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posted October 3, 2008 at 10:06 am

No, I have not done it, but I’ve thought about it. I feel the need to confess the sin of ministers in my community (I’m one of them) who have not advocated well for the people of the community who need a voice that will speak to local and county government.
The first time I heard a public confession by an individual for a group was at a Church conference. A male pastor asked all of us women ministers in the room to forgive the male dominance and prejudice that have hurt and hindered us in ministry. Initially I rejected his request for forgiveness for so many but now I understand better how helpful confessing and forgiving can be even if all the guilty ones are not named.

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posted October 9, 2008 at 9:57 am

I know a young lady who aged out of foster care a few years ago. Though in the system since age 6 and her parents’ rights terminated, she was never adopted. At 17 was let out into the world – alone – expected to navigate life as she was now an “adult”. Her adult life has been one just as traumatized as her youth since she was anything but prepared for “the world”.
I was driving in the car with her a while back and telling her of God’s call on the church to take care of orphans. I was saying that a ministry called Project 1.27 was recently born to motivate the church to solve the crisis of kids not having homes. I concluded that if the church was doing what it is SUPPOSED to be doing, there would be no foster care… She turned toward me and stopped my babbling.
“Does it really say that in the Bible? That Christians are supposed to take care of orphans?” she asked.
“Yes it does!” I replied, excited that she was interested in the topic.
Her expression changed instantly to despair and she was suddenly very pale.
“Then were WERE you when I was little?” she beseeched.
I felt like I’d been punched. I couldn’t breathe. Where WERE My People?! She and I both knew in that instant that she had suffered needlessly.
I’d never given much thought to apologizing for “group sins” until that moment. But My People certainly let her down. She was handed a childhood full of pain and continuing consequences because My People never showed up.
I reached over and grabbed her hand.
“I am so sorry, Kim. We should have been there for you. I’m so sorry…” As the tears flowed from us both, I glimpsed God’s heart. It had been breaking for her for a long time.
I’m so sorry, Lord, for the failure of My People to love your children. We have been selfish with the gifts you have given us, especially our money. We seek American prosperity and hide our eyes from the responsibilities you have clearly given us. We have let the government take over our Call, and then we are astonished at their lack of victory in tackling the problem. We have judged those who are willing to help – be they government officials, gay parents or single moms – while we sit and do nothing. We are wrong.
Jesus make the orphan issue burn in our corporate hearts until we see once again your heart, your plan for showing the world who you are. May our lives reflect your love for the outcast so that your glory may shine around this nation.
Oh, God, when will we show up?

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robert gelinas

posted October 13, 2008 at 9:29 am

Sarah–Lord, have mercy on us.

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