Philip Yancey: Grace Defeating Hate

Author Philip Yancey asserts that overcoming hatred and breaking through old barriers can be achieved through ordinary people practicing grace. Yancey has explored both questions and mysteries surrounding the Christian faith in his books, which include "The Jesus I Never Knew," and "What Good is God?: In Search of a Faith that Matters." He currently has more than 15 million books in print, published in 35 languages worldwide. Learn more about Philip Yancey.

December 14th, 2010 12:31 pm

I would like to believe that I have never hated any one but I have certainly judged many. The story Yancey tells about the woman who watched her husband and son murdered and burned in the Dec 14th video says so much about how “grace” needs our willingness. Can you imagine how difficult it was for that officer to humbly admit what he did? Can you realize the vulnerability that woman displayed to reach out and admit her loneliness and ask him to help her learn to love a white man? I love the wisdom of Mandela. He realized that truth is not about who God is. It is about who we are. A “truth and reconciliation commitment” is about willingness—the willingness to be open and vulnerable and look at ourselves. With that kind of willingness, “grace” abounds. We are taught that Advent is about waiting and it is; but it is God who waits. God waits for that evolutionary change, that “yes” which is already within us, but requires our consent to manifest in our lives. We are in an ongoing creative process and that "yes"--that willingness to “Let it be done unto me according to Thy word,” will be revisited over and over at ever-deepening levels of awareness and that kind of willingness will always grace us and others.

December 13th, 2010 17:33 pm

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