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When Do We Need to Repent? The Asbury Revival Shows Us

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash How rare is public repentance these days? Politicians who used to reach across the aisles instead shout each other down. Online we see cancel culture running amok. Have you ever been “canceled” by someone on social media? It can feel a little like road rage. N…
By sethbarnes

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How rare is public repentance these days? Politicians who used to reach across the aisles instead shout each other down. Online we see cancel culture running amok. Have you ever been “canceled” by someone on social media? It can feel a little like road rage.

No wonder young people are anxious. Jonathan Haidt, professor of social psychology at New York University said in a recent WSJ article, it is “national crisis.” He says that GenZ “has extraordinarily high rates of anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicide and fragility.” He goes on to say “there has “never been a generation this depressed, anxious and fragile.”

Our children deserve better and repentance is a good place to start for those of us who want to help.

Asbury Revival

The good news is that young people are showing those of us who are older what repentance looks like.

At Asbury University during a call to confession last Wednesday, Feb. 8, at least 100 people fell to their knees and bowed at the altar. As reported in the Asbury Collegian, it has turned into a revival that has gathered momentum as students from 21 other colleges have arrived to join in.

A student shared why students are going: “To confess, reconcile, heal and allow prayers to be spoken over us — [God] knew what we needed to do and helped us do it.”

Young people are longing to connect with God and are repenting. Maybe the rest of us can we learn from them.

Repentance 

When was the last time you got on your knees and asked God to show you if you have anything to repent for?

Many of us have not lived our best life lately. I know I haven’t thought charitably about those who have sometimes disagreed with me or even attacked me. But I’ve also felt isolated and have longed for community.

So many of us are anxious or lonely. And maybe we don’t really understand how we got there. Maybe we need to find the humility to have a conversation with God about it.

Today is a great day to learn from the students at Asbury and see if there is something that we need to confess. Repenting is a way of starting over. Humbling ourselves is where we begin.

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