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Photography, notes, commentary and much more from former Reporter Online Editor Chris Stanley.

Friday, August 8, 2008


SHARON HILL - As authorities urged the owner of a black Mercedes-Benz believed involved in the fatal hit-and-run of a 16-year-old township girl in Sharon Hill Sunday night, her mother Thursday expressed forgiveness to the person being sought in her death.
I understand the Christian concept of forgiveness. I have a strong personal belief, however, that forgiveness is something that needs to be asked for, at least with a heartfelt apology, and not just given out unilaterally.
The spineless driver who killed this girl does not yet deserve forgiveness, since he or she could not even have bothered to stop and offer help, or come forward on their own accord to the police.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris- Who but the mother has any right to decide to forgive or not? Yes, forgiveness is unilateral- how else could Christ have proven it to the world about how "forgiveness" is supposed to happen. Blessed be the person who CAN forgive without being asked--it is like the pleasant surprise we feel when our kids do the right thing ...without being told. I enjoy your blog space and photography-but, please rethink your thoughts on forgiveness and line them up with the author of forgiveness, Jesus. d

August 14, 2008 at 8:07 AM 

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