Richard Rohr on Repentance and Change


Richard Rohr

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If change and growth are not programmed into your spirituality, if there are not serious warnings about the blinding nature of fear and fanaticism, your religion will always end up worshiping the status quo and protecting your present ego position and personal advantage-as if it were God! Although Jesus’ first preached message is clearly ‘change!’ (Mark 1:15 & Matt 4:17), where Jesus told his listeners to “repent, “which literally means to “change your mind” it did not strongly influence Christian history. This resistance to change is so common, in fact, that it is almost what we expect from religious people. – Richard Rohr Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, Jossey-Bass, 2011, page 11

H/T Third Way Cafe

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One thought on “Richard Rohr on Repentance and Change

  1. Great quote. I think this resistance to change is found in all parts of the church – conservative and liberal. This quote is a timely reminder of the need to be open minded at all times.

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