May. 11, 2019

The Lost Art of Forgiveness

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

I watched the TV series, “The White Queen.” Rebecca Ferguson is one of my favorite actresses. I must admit watching James Frain as a villain was difficult after watching him as the hero in, “Where the Heart Is.” One thing the series taught me, although it’s based on fictional books and not 100% accurate, is that politics and power-plays have always been cruel. They typically result in disaster. Not just for the bad guys, but also for the innocent lives living too close to the source of ego.

My husband prefers westerns. Plots in westerns are typically much more basic and seem to always find the best resolution. Good guy meets bad guy. Bad guy tries to take over. Good guy stops bad guy. We all live happily ever after. Well, after a few shoot outs and hangings. (But no horses are hurt in the filming.) Unless you’re a Native American. There aren’t too many happy endings for America’s original inhabitants. In real life or on the screen.

Our society must decide. Will we rise above violence or will we be the source of more killing? Regardless of whether you prefer royal history over fact-based westerns or vice versa, failure to forgive and work together produces the same ending. Innocent lives are lost when they are too close to massive egos.

Perhaps we can try to learn to work together? I know…, I know…. That’s never a good movie plot. We may claim to hate Hollywood, but we seem to enjoy the same amount of drama in real life.