Originally scheduled for November 17
the particularly nettlesome thorns in California politics has been
the recognition of the Armenian genocide of 1915. California is the
home of many expatriate Armenians and citizens of Armenian descent.
The Turkish government has long denied the existence of this
genocide; the rest of the world doesn’t quite see it that way. One
politician put it this way:
“It is critical that we counteract Turkey’s genocide denial because
genocide denial is the last act of a genocide. First you obliterate
a people, then you seek to obliterate their memory, and finally you
seek to obliterate the memory of the obliteration.”
This is just a specific case of how human
beings treat sin. Think about it; see if this seems familiar:
commit the sin — often quite cheerfully, not thinking of the
consequences but convinced that if you aren’t in the right, at least
you’re not in the wrong.
When, as is
inevitable, you discover that you have sinned and you are guilty,
you try as hard as you can to eliminate the memory of the sin. You
just want it to go away so you won’t have to deal with it.
you have succeeded in suppressing the guilt of the sin, you go about
forgetting that it ever happened at all. We seem to think that if we
wait long enough sin will cease to be sin and turn into nothing but
Does any of this sound familiar? We don’t need
to get into specifics at this time, but if you feel something
bubbling up from the bottom of your memory, this just might be the
Holy Spirit trying to tell you something. Sin is to be dealt with,
That’s why we have a period of self-examination
as a part of Communion. That self-examination is not an
Self-examination is designed to bring up the problem of sin at a
time when you are focused on the solution to sin — the grace given
to us at the Cross.
are doing it at Communion, you are encouraged to take advantage of
that grace while remembering the price paid to give it to you.
encouraged to do this regularly, every time you take communion, so
that sin will not grow in the absence of forgiveness.
So, as the time given
you permits, examine yourself and bring forward those sins yet
unforgiven. Bring them to the Cross of Christ, remembering the price
of forgiveness — his body and blood. Repent of your sins knowing
that Christ forgives. You are a child of God; petition your heavenly
Father for your forgiveness, and give thanks for his grace.