beware of evasions

 

March 17, Friday 2017

 

Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. –Matthew 21:43

A reaction- in itself wholesome- is now going on against purely private or domestic conceptions of morality, a re-awakening of the social conscience. We feel ourselves to be involved in an iniquitous social system and to share a corporate guilt. This is very true: but the enemy can exploit even truths to our deception. Beware lest you are making use of the idea of corporate guilt to distract your attention from those humdrum, old-fashioned guilts of your own which have nothing to do with “the system” and which can be dealt with without waiting for the millennium. For corporate guilt perhaps cannot be, and certainly is not, felt with the same force as a personal guilt. For most of us, as we now are, the conception is a mere excuse for evading the real issue. When we have really learned to know our individual corruption, then indeed we can go on to think of the corporate guilt and can hardly think of it too much. But we must learn to walk before we run.

Lord, help me take responsibility for my own moral life.