What is forgiveness?
It was a coincidence that these announcements came the day before Good Friday which celebrates the greatest act of sacrifice for sins committed – Jesus' crucifixion - to provide forgiveness for sin.
To forgive, is to surrender my right to get even with or hurt someone who has hurt me. It means to wipe the slate clean after some sin against me. I am pardoned and the debt is cancelled when I am forgiven. We don't forgive because the other person deserves forgiveness. We do it out of grace love and mercy.
The Christian worldview maintains we forgive others because God has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32).
The love chapter of 1 Corinthians 13:5 confirms that if God's unconditional love has changed a person, 'it keeps no record of being wronged'.
Wouldn't it be a game changer if Australians so understood the need for loving forgiveness towards the three Australian cricketers that they will return to first-class cricket and no record of their wrong-doing will be kept, to be repeated.
The issue is the sin nature running through all of us and the cricket ball-tampering is one public example that has exploded in coverage through the mass and social media.
Hang on! There are serious objections to your indoctrination.
I anticipate some harsh opposition:
- That's only your opinion;
- You're forcing your religious view on people;
- It's propaganda and you are using the Aussie cricket cheating fiasco to promote your religious fairy tale;
- How dare you push religion like this!
This is an On Line Opinion piece. Such writings uphold the writer's views. I could address these protests, but that is for another time.
Telling the truth
One of the New Testament Greek words for truth or truthfulness is aletheia, which sometimes means true to reality as opposed to mere appearance. As this article has attempted to show, not only the ball-tampering scandal, but all of humanity is contaminated by the sinful nature. That's the truth, the reality.
A secular society needs to face the music of consequences of a non-religious worldview.
The cricket scandal was played out for most of us to see via the media. What about that stolen exercise book from school, slipping a Mars Bar into your pocket as you pass through the check-out, self-service check-out fraud at supermarkets, lies of convenience, and sexual immorality? Turn on the TV or read newspapers to see examples of crime and violence, killing by speedsters on the roads, mass killings of students in schools or on the streets.
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