Ken Sehested: Guilt Is Not the Issue

“Guilt is not the issue; in fact, it is a dodge. At least n the common meaning of that word, guilt merely assuages responsibility; it does not unleash the freedom needed to make alternate choices and demand different public policies. Odd as it may sound, the incitement to such freedom is the intention of Lenten observance in the Christian community. Lent’s invitation is to pay close attention, even when it’s discomforting; to strip away the accretions of self-possessed living; to encourage penitential denouncement of miserly habits to make space for regenerate, neighborly response in the midst of history’s degenerate affairs.”—Ken Sehested, “The War in Yemen: Why It Matters” (Christian Ethics Today, Vol 28, No. 3, Summer 2019)

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