We all sin. Sometimes, civilizations make big mistakes that cost many people their lives.
A lot of times, it’s because people want political and social power and use the church to justify oppressing and abusing people. Sometimes people think they are doing the right thing, but in reality, they were led astray by false teachings by leadership.
It’s more important that we learn from our mistakes than try to justify past actions.
We see the results of the North American Native policies and we mourn for the lack of compassion and understanding our forefathers had.
We see the results of the sex abuse scandal and we try to find justice for its victims.
We are not responsible for past actions, but we are responsible for knowing our history and understanding why we don’t do these things anymore. We know that slavery is wrong. We know that treating people differently because of their cultural differences is wrong. One race isn’t dominant over another. (Sadly, people used to think this way and acted accordingly). We know that abusing young children and moving priests around to cover it up is sick and wrong.
The question is have we learned from our mistakes.
The church isn’t just a set of problems. The church has done a lot of benefit humanity and I shutter to think what the world would be like without the Christians.