"[W]e must submit to change if we would be formed into this cruciform faith. We may come singing 'Just as I am,' but we will not stay by being our same old selves. The needs of the world are too great, the suffering and pain too extensive, the lures of the world too seductive for us to begin to change the world unless we are changed, unless conversion of life and morals becomes our pattern. The status quo is too alluring. It is the air we breathe, the food we eat, the six-thirty news, our institutions, theologies and politics. The only way we shall break its hold on us is to be transferred to another dominion, to be cut loose from our old certainties, to be thrust under the flood and then pulled forth fresh and new-born. Baptism takes us there."
William Willimon, "Repent," in Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter
(Farmington, Pa.: Plough, 2003): 9-10.
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