Over the weekend, I’m sure you were glued to the TV set awaiting the verdict in the George Zimmerman – Trayvon Martin trial. After watching all day, I went out for the evening and found out via Twitter. We all know the verdict. I have nothing to say about it. Everything has already been said.
Gods Justice And Gods Forgiveness
On Sunday I was hesitant about going to church because I didn’t know if my pastor would speak on it, wasn’t sure what the climate in the sanctuary would be and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to deal with any of it. I’m so glad I tossed those feelings aside and pressed on to church. My pastor mentioned it briefly as he spoke about Gods justice and Gods forgiveness. As we continue the conversations around this verdict, here’s a quote my pastor shared that I want us to keep in mind:
“Forgiving and being reconciled to our enemies or our loved ones are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not about patting one another on the back and turning a blind eye to the wrong. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes make things worse. It is a risky undertaking but in the end it is worthwhile, because in the end only an honest confrontation with reality can bring real healing. Superficial reconciliation can bring only superficial healing.”-Desmond Tutu (born 1931)
I never heard that quote yet it resonated with every fiber of my being. If you know me personally, you know I despise superficiality and welcome honest confrontation. The possibility of a situation becoming worse will not make me turn a blind eye to the wrong. Sometimes things need to get worse before they can get better.
I believe when tragedy happens as it did on the night of February 26, 2012 and culminated this past weekend, we need to lay all of the ugliness on the table and deal with whatever is staring us in the face without blowing up and becoming bitter because as Desmond Tutu says, “In the end only an honest confrontation with reality can bring about real healing.”
Something to think about…
What say you…Do you confront the ugliness in your life or do you sweep it under the rug? When was the last time you had an honest confrontation? Did it make things worse or better? Would you do it again? What are your thoughts on forgiveness as it relates to the verdict?
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