Behavior & Remorse: Mutually Exclusive?

This statement was made by a college sophomore who attends an evangelical Christian college. Last time I checked, remorse and changed behavior are linked. This student isn’t surprised to find these statistics so high at an evangelical Christian college? This is truly lamentable. You can read it here.

“I’m really not surprised at how high the sex statistic is or at the dissatisfaction,” said sophomore [name removed].

“When I think of a Christian community, I’d expect that behavior is not different from the secular world, but I’d definitely expect remorse.”

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One thought on “Behavior & Remorse: Mutually Exclusive?

  1. Lamentable, yes. Surprising, no. Two points I’d like to make:
    1. Part of the problem with most protestant “denominations” (especially those with little or no historical awareness) is that they provide no “post born-again” spiritual guidance.

    They are not given what I call the Orthodox tool-box. The tool box consists of fasting, the saints, the calendar, the cycle of services, confession, spiritual direction, persuonal prayer rules, spiritual reading, just about everthing else that falls under the heading of “orthopraxis”.

    This lack in Modern Protestantism leaves the faithful unprepared to face the difficult issues of secular society and unable to “recharge” their faith when they do wrestle with these issues.

    2. Having said that, Fr. Alexander Schmemann, in his Journal said that he was glad for the sexual “picadillos” of seminarians, otherwise they think themsleves too perfect to have anything to confess. I think it’s safe to assume that he was being a little glib, but his point clear. Still, since this was an Orthodox school, the students were repenting of their behavior and confessing it to their confessor.

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