Interesting to see the varied responses to the video of the man forgiving the cop who killed his brother. It’s almost a Rorschach test.
Al Sharpton: “He’s not doing it for her. He’s doing it to grow as a Christian.”
Displays denial of God’s grace, shows Pelagianism and reduces humanity to being incapable of doing something for another without self-interest. Also contradicts Scripture in pretending he can read another person’s heart.
Others on Twitter: “He did it because therapists teach us that you have to forgive in order to move on and not influence your health and well-being negatively.”
This is the therapeutic model that sees religion as a means to an end, that of the god of health, rather than the ultimate end in itself.
Others: “It’s Stockholm Syndrome where you sickly love your oppressor.”
The cynic’s choice, a conspiratorial mindset that sees human behavior only in political and psychological manipulation terms.
Others: “He’s a fool.”
Others lack the vision to see forgiveness as anything but weakness.