Forgiveness: The Forgotten Virtue

Bill Cosby was the first.

And not the last.

Today’s political correctness reaches far back into a person’s past.

It doesn’t matter if they have changed.

It doesn’t matter if they have been doing good for the last 3 or 4 decades.

One mistake, one goof, one sin is all it takes to become the target of complete and total un-forgiveness.

But it’s more than that:  It brings about the complete vilification, character assassination, and reputation-smearing of the one judged sinful.

That’s what it is:  Judgment.

Judgment by people who themselves would be found guilty under the same all-encompassing list of wrongs marked “UNFORGIVABLE.”

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. –Luke 6:37

And never, ever , is there a “statute of limitations” to Politically Correct felonies.

We don’t have to– nor should we –condone types of behavior that are detrimental to society, but if we do not temper our society with virtues like love, compassion, and especially forgiveness, we cause great harm to society and limit our ability to care about each other.

The lack of forgiveness– us refusing to forgive others — creates bitterness in ourselves.   There seems to be a lot of bitter people in the world today.

Not only do they not know how to forgive, but they don’t know how to ask for forgiveness, because they do not recognize their own need to be forgiven.

We all — every one of us — need forgiveness, just as we all need to be forgiving.

It’s a forgotten virtue.

“….forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us…”