In recovering a more holistic understanding of the good news it is imperative that we recover a more holistic understanding of sin. For my own understanding I am indebted to evangelical activist Ron Sider, who in his 1993 book “Evangelism and Social Action” had this to say:
If we understand and practice genuinely biblical repentance, then we establish an important, inseparable link between conversion and Christian social responsibility. Biblical repentance included turning from all sin including social sins. That means abandoning racist attitudes and neglect of the poor, indeed all that distorts human community. The tragedy of so much modern evangelism is that it has operated with a biblically inadequate view of sin seeing only the personal side. Consequently, it has operated with a biblically inadequate understanding of repentance and conversion focussed only on turning from personal sins and restoring the vertical relationship with God.
This one-sided, individualistic understanding of repentance contributed to an equally one-sided, individualistic understanding of discipleship that neglected the link between conversion and social justice.
Many people find it uncomfortable to view sin this broadly. However I thinks its essential we come to grips with it if we seek holiness in a holistic sense.