Forgive and Forget? Never!
The Christian command (and benefit) to forgiveness is well understood: we all make mistakes and we are to forgive one another as our Heavenly Father forgives us. While I try to avoid depending on About.com for my theology, this was too good (and too easy) to pass up. Among other things, forgiveness is:
- an issue of obedience and faith
- a behavior modeled on God’s behavior towards us
- a state to be lived in, not a one-time requirement
However, there may be political benefit in failing to offer forgiveness: it helps keep the story in the news cycle.
Rush Limbaugh has publicly apologized to Sandra Fluke at least twice by my count. Yet I saw the soon to be barrister on television today stating that she won’t forgive Rush, even if he personally contacted her in private. She has completely forsaken this Christian obligation of forgiveness as publicly as she has forsaken the Catholic values against abortion, pre-marital sex and contraception held by the Catholic University with which she has affiliated herself. Hey I’m not judging her. Even one of the 12 Apostles ended up confused about his commitment to Christ.
I read her Congressional testimony. While at one point Fluke discusses birth control pills as medication for ovarian cysts, she makes quite clear she was chiefly testifying before Congress on behalf of women who wish to have sex with men they don’t want to have babies with, nor pay out of pocket for that selfish hobby. There are words to describe those women. Which one you politely choose, be it pro or con, does not change the nature of their behavior.
Perhaps Limbaugh could have been more sensitive? He could have offered Fluke a Florida beer summit, start up funding for an Abort America! franchise, or something not yet considered.
Or perhaps his apology didn’t mean anything to her because it work against her agenda and would risk the destruction of her fifteen minutes of fame?
I tend to favor the later hypothesis.