Jesus could have called down the psalms of rage upon his enemies and shouted a final word of defiance before he breathed his last. Instead he called for forgiveness: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,” he says in Luke 23.It was not a false reconciliation: Jesus experienced the reality of state-sponsored terror. That is why the black Christian has always
I think this Christmas rally could have used a bit more “Christ”.
Christians who fail tend to avoid other Christians...especially when they are feeling bad and guilty in the midst of their failure. It's sad to see this dynamic of the law happen in the church and then see the opposite happen in Twelve Step groups. In these recovery groups, people are taught that the very first thing to do when you fail is to call someone
“When we are securely rooted in personal intimacy with God, it will be possible to remain flexible without being relativistic, convinced without being rigid, willing to confront without being offensive, gentle and forgiving without being soft, and true witnesses without being manipulative.” ~ Henri J.M. Nouwen