Last night I heard the bit from President Video’s speech of him saying “We will not forgive. We will not forget.”
It stopped me cold. I couldn’t believe a speech delivered by any President, at least a prepared speech, could contain such blasphemy.
I googled it later last night and nearly every article written headlined their article with the quote. They thought it good and appropriate.
The only other places I found it are from a NYT columnist about a bombing in Beirut and several foreign countries saying it (though they were mostly translations of speeches, so it may not be exactly what they said. I hope it was not.)
Why is this so troubling to me? It is blasphemy of the highest order. Now, nobody with much of a Christian brain thinks very many of our last dozens of Presidents have had true belief. And yes, i should be just as appalled that they always tip their hat to “other faiths.” But this was just so utterly awful. “We will not forgive.”
The Lord’s Prayer, “as we forgive.” Jesus later saying, though a somewhat disputed text, “if you do not forgive, neither will you be forgiven.” The whole undergirding of Christian faith is that we have been forgiven much, so we must be forgiving. The parable of the unforgiving servant.
Mercy is the heart of Christian belief and action.
“We will not forgive.” Uttered without a note of distaste, quoted without a note of remorse. Our whole society has become so utterly pagan we don’t even recognize blasphemy.
Again, I would be less out of shape if this were in his Q&A. We all say things we regret. But this was in the main body of his speech. He looked right at the camera and coldly delivered the line. He loved it.
I looked for about 30 minutes for some other President to have said something similar. I found nothing close. Not after Pearl Harbor. Nothing during the Cold War. Not after 9/11. Lots of prayers for faith to bring justice on the earth. Nothing about not forgiving.
This is not denying the real prayers that may be offered that we hate those who do evil. But, it is God alone who forgives, or does not.
And he was loved in the press for it. Strong stand. What we needed. (They hate him for other reasons, even the left, but they all liked him saying “we will not forgive.”)
All this to bring the discussion, where are we as a post-Christian society when mercy has no place in public? I think this is far more troubling than a totalitarian grab for power.
The heart of the liberals is death, no mercy. It is awful to see.