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Re-thinking unforgiveness


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I’ve never seen anyone leave.

The preacher would say,

“if you’re offering your gift at the altar and remember that your brother or sister has something against you, or you against them, leave your gift and go and be reconciled to them”

Or something along those lines, a paraphrased Matthew 5:23-24. Often “gift” was worship, and the congregation were implored to take serious the business of unforgiveness.  Still I never saw anyone leave.

After a quick mental check and finding no unforgiveness within I quickly tune out waiting for the service to move on. And this was the pattern that repeated whenever the issue of unforgiveness was raised, you see I’m a pretty laid back-easygoing-live & let live kind of guy, how could I have an issue with unforgiveness?…

Until I did.  Until that face.

One day I was praying and the word “unforgiveness” kept coming up in my mind and I’d keep trying to dismiss it, because as we’ve already established I’m pretty Saintly. So as I pondered & prayed this persons face kept coming up (in my mind, not a saintly-I’m having visions kind of way), and while I was busy convincing myself I had no issues with forgiveness, it started to dawn on me that I had a bit of a bad attitude towards them.

Which got me thinking about other people I had  bad attitudes towards.

Which got me thinking about negative attitudes in general and what causes them.

A negative attitude grows from a slight (perceived or real) done to you or towards someone else, that you have taken exception to.

Think about it. That guy you play sport against who you think is a bit of a dick because of…., that politician who said that thing about those people, that lady at work who never says “hello” to you…

A negative attitude grows from a slight (perceived or real) done to you or towards someone else, that you have taken exception to…

Isn’t that the definition of unforgiveness?

It’s time to let go.

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Justified


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If it rains on the rich and the poor,

if the sun shines on the hard worker and those who snore

if cancer catches the liar and corrupts the healer

then why do I look on my wealth as a sign of approval

each dollar a gold star on my good-life tick chart

justifying behaviour because I am blessed

when maybe I’m blessed to take care of those I call Less

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before I do


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When freedom isn’t freeing,

and belief shatters your faith.

When grace brings condemnation,

and judgement takes love’s place.

When numbers are not crucified,

and we covert a kingdom cup.

When new realities are preached,

while old ones are lived out.

When politics drive promise,

and people are busied with promotions.

When vision is as fickle as the wind,

and the most important meetings are whispered.

When the meal is dished out and no longer served,

 and I can’t stomach the food that we’ve poisoned.

That is when I’ll walk away,

before I do.

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Evangelicalism, You Have Traumatized Me


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Evangelicalism, you have made your people defend a book, but not the marginalized in front of them. You have blinded them with your judgements. You have made them so hungry for power, that they want nothing to do with the powerless. You have turned them into the oppressors. You have made it all about the next life, while ignoring this one. Your people pray, sing, maintain their holiness, but what they don’t see is that this is turning them into white-washed tombs. They don’t realize that righteousness is justice. Holiness is defending the powerless and taking care of the least of these. You have made it all about themselves.

You still have some honest, good people within your religion, but you must release them from your bondage. You must give them the freedom to be messy, to question, to love, to do justice, to give mercy, to be kind and gentle. You must step aside and let them see Jesus, and to be Jesus.

Evangelicalism, you have traumatized us enough. Maybe you are the one who is traumatized. It is time to examine your fruit. It is time to heal, so that you may bring healing.

Exerts from the a blog post entitled “Evangelicalism, you have traumatized me” from Robert Lofgren