I read a blog this morning about the way many younger Christians feel a need to "repent for the sins of past and country church leaders." Here is my reply.
I agree with the premise that it is wrong for people to remedy sins committed by past generations. However, it seems to me that we Protestants have missed the mark when it comes to this discussion. The article confuses confession and repentance.
To confess the past sins and ask God to forgive, release our nation of True Moral Guilt is appropriate if we are implicated in the long term consequences of that Guilt. To repent means we have a personal change of heart and behavior. We can't change past behavior of leaders but we can change our current behavior. So, confess? Yes. Repent of the past? No.