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Forgive us, for we have sinned: A unilateral confession of racism

Oh Lord, the God of all peoples- You tell us to confess our sins, the sins of our country, to one another and for one another. If we are truly righteous, we will take ownership of the sins of our land. We have sinned for generations. We have been arrogant, violent, heartless, and ignorant--for generations upon generations. And now, our hatred and violence surprises us and devastates us. Let our confession prompt your forgiveness. Let forgiveness motivate us to make restitution to those we've sinned against. "Therefore  confess  your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." ( James 5:17 ) We have worshipped our own success, our own privilege, our own destiny, for generations, to the peril of others. We are reaping the legacy of that self-absorption and ignorance, let alone the hatred and violence that preceded it. "I, the  Lord  your God, am a jealous

Teach us to love like you

Lord, God of love and justice, Teach us to love like you, and not hate in the way that comes naturally. Not to hold grudges. Not to act in violence. Not to assume the worst. Not to secretly rejoice when an enemy stumbles. Not to have enemies. Teach us to hate sin and love the sinner. We are sinners. Each of us, is no better than another in God's eyes. God does not love any of us more than any other, so why should we? Teach our leaders to love-- our governors, mayors, judges, prosecutors, and lawmakers to govern from a place of love and righteousness, not power, privilege, or prejudice. By this will all men know that we are your disciples, if we have love one for another. We don't get to choose who to love. That's not loving like you because you chose all of us. But you left the decision up to us. Heal our land through love. Love is justice . Love is collective responsibility. Love is mercy and grace and accountability. Love is being willin