Reflections on TFB's June 29, 2008 Sunday sermon.
This past Sunday, Pastor Charlie preached on forgiveness.
This morning I blessed with a road test:
This morning at the bus stop, I asked (in what I believe was a polite manner) two of my fellow bus stoppers if they would smoke downwind from me, as I do not smoke. Neither gave me consideration. One remained silent while the other launched into a, frankly, hateful tirade about smokers' rights, bossy white people (like me, I presume...??), and how I had no right to tell him where he could and could not smoke. (NOTE: I asked, not told, and moved when they refused my request.) Here was this man, hurling foul language and racial epithets at me, when all I did was request consideration.
A few facts:
- To my knowledge, I did nothing wrong before, during, or after the tirade.
- His response was intentional and antagonistic.
- He made unjust accusations based on his stereotyping of my race.
- Both his smoke and his words did real harm.
- I will likely see him tomorrow at the bus stop.
- I must decide how I will respond.
- I will name the offenses: verbal assault and racism.
- I will NOT downgrade the offense.
- I will NOT breath his smoke.
- I will remember that such immediate and intense anger usually arises from deep hurt.
- I will treat him with the respect due another human person.
- More than that, I will treat him with kindness.
- I will NOT intentionally add to his hurt.
- I will NOT put myself in a position that allows him to hurt me.
Tag(s): sermon responsibility racism forgiveness
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