Voice of the Day: Karl Barth

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“Repent not because you must, but because you may.”

— Karl Barth, cited by L. Gregory Jones, United Methodist Full Connection Lectures, 2009.

This is a key point. All too often we think of repentance as something we must do, a hurdle that must be cleared on our way to salvation. And, I suppose, it is something that must be done. But the nature of our fallen existence, the misery to which we subject ourselves means that it is something more, it is something we get to do. It is a privilege God has extended to us.