It’s Plank Pullin’ time! The one day a week that we strongly resolve to ignore the multitude of specks and sawdust around us and pull one bona fide plank from our own eye. Matthew 7:3-5, style.
It’s not uncommon for me to talk about forgiveness around here (Um, like … yesterday). I’m a fan of it. Really, I am.
But I’m not always good at it. The truth is, I am really really really good at forgiving non-Christians. Even of the most extreme offenses.
But Christians? Now, just hold on a cotton pickin’ minute.
I’ve given this a lot of thought over the years and have decided that my reaction to offending Christians is two-fold.
1. They should know better. Seriously. Seriously seriously.
2. They always think they’re right. And are therefore rarely repentant.
Christians can be the biggest bunch of unrepentant sinners out there. And I think that’s a huge part of my problem with them. It’s one thing to forgive someone and a whole ‘nother thing to be reconciled with them, and Christians can be so dad blame unrepentant of their arrogance, or unhospitality, or fill-in-the-blank that I occasionally find a very hard time building bridges with them.
And yeah, I’m on the guilty/unrepentant end sometimes, too.
So, um, there you have it. This might be one of the rare cases where I don’t exactly manage to pull the plank but just let you all get a good look at it.
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