Sunday, April 05, 2009
2 Peter 3: 9?
I see the stirrings of repentance. What do you see?
On the other hand, there are far too few stories like this. We did not hear such remorse from the murderer of Medgar Evers. We do not hear of remorse from the murderer of Martin Luther King. We do not hear of remorse from the murders of hundreds of semi-anonymous victims of lynchings throughout the South.
Like Teresa says, he is doing what he can with what he has, and that's not nothing.
But I would not call repentance heroism. Humanism, poignant humanism, but not heroism.
We have set low standards in our "survivor" nation.
"Do not confuse Repentance with Disgust: for the one comes from the Landlord and the other from the Enemy. And yet disgust has saved many a man from worse evils."
--The Guide, from "The Pilgrim's Regress," by C.S. Lewis