What If We Were Best Known for the Worst Thing We Ever Did?

MonicaMonica Lewinsky is a real person. She has feelings.  She has the right to have a job, a life.  I recommend this article in the most recent issue of Vanity Fair.

It’s been culturally okay to shame her, to peg her, to make jokes about her.  I’ve done it.

Of course she made some foolish choices almost 20 years ago.  And unless she cures cancer or solves the Mideast Crisis, she will be forever known as “that woman” who had an inappropriate relationship with a President of the United States.

What if we were best known for the worst thing we ever did?

As a pastor, I’m privy to all manner of imperfection, and – pastor or not – you are too.  We daily witness global ugliness as well as domestic disappointment in friends from whom we expected better.

How do we get beyond holding onto the worst in people?  How do we forgive those  who want to be forgiven? How do we forgive even those who who don’t accept responsibility for causing human pain?

I know that I don’t want to be best known – and never forgiven – for the worst thing I’ve ever done.  I don’t even want you to know what it is.

Can we imagine being a community that actually gives people a fresh start?  Can we imagine being that kind of church?


Image of Monica Lewinsky.





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