we are the perpetrators

Lord,

We are afraid to admit culpability because we are worried we will be held accountable. We are afraid to repent because we are worried we will have to change.

When we read scripture, we read ourselves into the narrative as the oppressed not the oppressor. We are unwilling to contemplate our complicity in death, but eager to stake our claim to following the law.

We do not accept our evil, we are concerned for our acceptability. Our pride is wounded by the suggestion of wrongdoing, and we will not give accusations against us a fair hearing.

Break our hearts and remake them.

Teach us to confess. Bring us to our knees. Let your justice be done.

Amen.