..and forgive us our trespasses

There is justifiable outrage about the governor of Virginia having a racist photo in his medical school yearbook. It’s especially loathsome because the man won a very close election by implying in ads that his Republican competitor was (wait for it..) a racist.

So yeah, there is that..

And for real, who dresses up like a klansman in the first place for Halloween or for any reason.  That’s just downright twisted.


There is something deeply discomforting about this new effort to dig into people’s past to find old dirt. I really, really don’t like it.

I remember watching United States Senators, on live TV, dissecting Judge Kavanaugh’s 30 year old high school yearbook and arguing over slang terminology for farting..

That’s twisted too.

My Christian faith is built on several important pillars, one of them being complete forgiveness for our mistakes..ALL of them.

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Not only does God forgive us for our sins, but he tosses them away. He doesn’t hold them over our heads. He paid a terrible price on the cross to guarantee our complete and total liberation.  This was not a partial downpayment.. the bill for all of our blunders (big and small) was paid in full.

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So when people send out “search parties” to look for (and ruin people with) past sins, it makes me uneasy on a deeply spiritual level. I mean why even try to build a life if it can be torn down over an ill-advised, old Facebook post? Doesn’t pretty much everyone have one of those by now? More importantly, who amongst us is so perfect that we can point the finger at someone else without feeling like a complete hypocrite?

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While I agree that some actions are justifiable disqualifications for certain jobs, one gets the feeling that many accusers want nothing less than complete humiliation and utter  destruction of their target.

I’m not so sure we all want to live in a hyper-judgmental, hopeless, legalistic, unforgiving world and yet it sure seems we are hastily building one.

Thankfully, there is another way..

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