Thursday, February 12, 2015
The Brian Williams Problem
" Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment." ...James 2:12,13
Today I'll send you to other places:
Brian Williams and Our Forgiveness Problem ... where this rang true:
"As believers, we must resist the temptation to join in this culture of unforgiveness. Instead, we should resonate with our Lord who once said, “Let him who has no sin be the first to cast a stone.” Who among us hasn’t spun the truth to make ourselves sound a little more impressive?"
The Act of Rigorous Forgiving ...where this quote resonated with me because my mind has pictured self-righteous crowds in coliseums with rocks in their hands waiting for their turns to hurl them ... and I've felt sickened by the whole thing:
"The barbaric part is the way we respond to scandal these days. When somebody violates a public trust, we try to purge and ostracize him. A sort of coliseum culture takes over, leaving no place for mercy."
I hope you'll read both articles. They express how I feel better than I could write it here.
"So be merciful (sympathetic, tender, responsive, and compassionate) even as your Father is [all these].Judge not [neither pronouncing judgment nor subjecting to censure], and you will not be judged; do not condemn pronounce guilty, and you will not be condemned pronounced guilty; acquit forgive release (give up resentment, let it drop), and you will be acquitted forgiven released."
... Luke 6:36,37 Amplified version
I found something this morning which made me laugh...