What is Christianity but a collection of those who proclaim the most radical act of forgiveness in human history? Jesus Christ’s self-sacrificial death on behalf of a sin-tattered world is an incredible act of love by God. Radical forgiveness. For all people. Not just those of a certain ethnicity. Or for only the “really good” ones.
Such radical love and forgiveness should permeate the lives of Christians.
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Colossians 3:12-13 NLT
On 9/11 a ruthless attack was carried out and precious lives prematurely ended. Unfortunately forgiveness was far from the minds of most Christians. Most were swept up in a cultural and ideological frenzy steeped in religious hatred and revenge. This is the natural tendency of a fallen and sinful human nature.
As we again confront terror at home we can reflect. Was this a Christ-like response? What has the outcome been of this action? What would a Christian response to terrorism look like?
It is never too late to repent and seek guidance from the Holy Spirit. Forgiving others, especially when they have committed egregious wrongs is very difficult to do. Yet, it is the radical forgiveness of Christ that has the ability to break the cycle of violence and lead to healing and peace.