And the will to forgive
How do you confess when you’ve done something wrong or when life is amiss?
Some confess in private prayer — keeping their business between themselves and the Almighty. Others might confide to a close friend — the friend who loves you enough to not judge according to your worst deeds.
Some people make confession an event — reciting their deeds to a counselor, clergy person, or accountability group. Every now and then, someone confesses to the masses…
and we love it.
We’ve all seen the headlines. We’ve heard the horrible things done to people in the name of God. Some of you have lived those very ugly experiences. How could I possibly say the church deserves forgiveness? To be honest, I considered emailing the folks at Rethink Church three different times to say, “Maybe I’m not the right person for this blog post.”
Dunkirk is a frantic movie. The music, the pacing, and the movie’s narrative jumps keep viewers tensely wrestling with the chaos of war. It tells an epic story of heroism in the face of defeat, of making noble decisions… and also of making regrettable decisions. Viewers are challenged to consider what they might do in similar circumstances, and how they might live with themselves afterwards. Several of the film’s protagonists end the film facing a difficult question: can I forgive myself, even after I’ve been forgiven by others?