I believe that America and the world stand on the threshold of divine judgment. Morally, socially, economically, politically, and spiritually, we are in deep trouble. We’ve turned away from God, and every month seems to take us further away from the only One who can reverse the tide, forgive our sins, and forestall the imminent judgment.
We must alter our course if we are going to see more Christmas seasons. We must reorder our priorities. We must remake the unjust structures that have taken advantage of the powerless and broken the hearts of the poor and dispossessed. We all admit that we need more sweeping social reform, and in true repentance do something about it. Even that, as good as it is, is not our greatest need.
Our greatest need is a change in our hearts. That is why Jesus said, “You must be born again” (John 3:7). That is why He said, “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). The apostle Paul in his famous sermon at Mars Hill said, “God commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world (Acts 17:30-31).
Who should repent? Everybody. This is what the cross calls for. The heart of its message is simple: repent and be saved, now and eternally.