Richard D. Land on Donald Sterling, Racism, and the Forgiveness of Christ

Richard D. Land
Richard D. Land

Americans have been hyper-focused on the case of Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles Clippers owner and his wretched, offensive and hateful racist comments. Evidently, Mr. Sterling has harbored these despicable views for a long time and has behaved in a racist manner in the past.

His current comments were egregiously racist, and, thank God, intolerable in current American society.

I agree entirely with NBA Commissioner Silver’s actions in, among other things, banning Mr. Sterling from the NBA for life.

However, as a Christian, I have to ask myself, how do I respond to Donald Sterling the man, as opposed to his racist bigotry? Jesus had a lot to say about forgiveness. And the forgiveness Christ called us to extend to others was not dependant on whether the person we were commanded to forgive was repentant or apologetic.

This kind of forgiveness is important to the one being forgiven AND to the forgiver.

Jesus knew that an unforgiving spirit poisons the heart that holds it, and it shrivels, shrinks and stifles every relationship in our lives – with God, with our spouses, with our children, with our parents and with everyone else.

Jesus knows that whatever anyone has done to you, it is not worth what it does to you to harbor an unforgiving spirit in your heart.

Jesus commanded His disciples, and us, to “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you” (Matt. 5:43).

And Jesus practiced what he preached. On the cross, He prayed to His Father and said “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Lk 22:34).

Even in His model example of how to pray, the Lord’s Prayer, the theme of forgiveness is prominent. In fact, the way we use the Lord’s Prayer is a classic example of the religious insensitivity of human beings.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Richard D. Land

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