Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Right to Forgive


I've come across a number of scandals recently where the rhetoric of forgiveness has been used to shelter people who are manipulative or abusive. In most cases, this seems to be driven by a very understandable desire on the part of Christians to put into practice the teaching that mercy will be shown to the merciful. The problem is that in the process victims are often sidelined, silenced or even chastised for being “unforgiving.” This represents an abuse of the virtue of forgiveness, and it's based on a misunderstanding of what forgiveness means