Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wrong...dead wrong...

I recently watched an excellent presentation by "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz - on being wrong, of course.

As the description says, Kathryn "makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility." But I couldn't help wondering what Kathryn would have to say to South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit and to former Vice President Riek Machar - or, indeed, to Omar al-Bashir whose wrongness has left his hands stained with the indelible bloodstains of thousands. These men are all wrong...dead wrong....literally. So, would it help if they admitted or embraced their wrongness? Perhaps...

But I venture to say that "admitting" or even "embracing our fallibility" outside the context of the Gospel, leaves our "fallibility" vague and undefined and therefore both untouchable and irreparable. Can the South Sudan ceasefire agreement work at all if both sides do not first deal with their own personal fallibility in terms of general human depravity and divine forgiveness through Christ? Indeed, can there even be any point to "embracing our fallibility" unless we first consciously plant our feet firmly on the level ground that lies before the cross?  

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