The trouble is, the very statement I want to respond to is a response in anger and righteous indignation to what that writer believes is a clear affront to the will of God.
And I am caught.
Either I respond in a way that mimics what I disdain
Or I find a different response within me – or within You.
I cannot overcome evil with evil, nor anger with anger, nor hate with hate.
Here is where my brothers and sisters at Mother Emmanuel show me the way.
I must forgive, even prior to repentance, and give the matter into your hands.
That does not mean that I have to accept the statement
It does not mean that I should not resist and confront the message and its intent
It does not mean that should not speak
But I cannot start by reaching for the mote in my brother’s eye.
There is a log in my own.
God help me.
God forgive me.
Get me out of this self-righteous flailing.
Help me step into your grace and offer it unfailingly to those I touch.
To all those I touch. That I might receive it as well.
My repentance is not a pre-requisite for God’s forgiveness.
It is a pre-condition of my ability to accept forgiveness and be changed.
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