Category Archives: Forgiving

Forgiveness and Reconciliation for Our Times( The Descendants of Dred Scott Show the Way )

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On the 160th anniversary of one of the worst Supreme Court decisions, something beautiful and miraculous happened.

Last week, March 6th, marked the 160th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s infamous Dred Scott decision. Dred Scott v. Sanford, along with Plessy v. Ferguson (which enshrined the principle of “separate but equal”) and Roe v. Wade, form a kind of unholy trinity of Supreme Court rulings which legally declared entire classes of people non-persons.
Yet this infamous decision recently became the occasion for a remarkable act of grace.
First some historical background: For the decades preceding the 1857 decision, the country was torn over the issue of slavery. While actual abolitionists did form a small majority in the North (and ideas of racial equality were rare even among abolitionists), northern whites did not want to compete against slave labor in the territories west of the Mississippi river.
That brings me to Dred Scott the man. In 1830, his second master took him from Missouri, a slave state, to Illinois, where slavery was illegal. In 1836, both returned to Missouri. After several attempts to buy his and his family’s freedom, Scott sued his master’s estate, claiming that under what was known as the “Somerset Rule,” which could be summed up as “once free, always free,” his late master had, in effect, set him free by moving him to a free state.
And that brings me to Dred Scott the decision. Chief Justice Taney could have decided Scott’s case on narrow terms. But he had something far more ambitious in mind: He wanted to settle the slavery issue once and for all.
The least infamous part of his opinion ruled that Congress could not ban slavery in the territories, thus making the Civil War all but inevitable.
The most infamous part concerned the status of African Americans. He ruled that Blacks, enslaved or free, could not be citizens of the United States. He justified this by writing that, historically-speaking, Blacks had been “regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”
Like I said, infamous.
All of this makes what happened last week on the 160th anniversary of the decision so remarkable. Standing before the Maryland State House, Charlie Taney, a descendant of Roger Taney, apologized on his family’s behalf, to Scott’s descendants and African Americans in general for the “terrible injustice of the Dred Scott decision.”
Then Scott’s great-great granddaughter, Lynne Jackson, accepted the apology on behalf of “all African Americans who have the love of God in their heart so that healing can begin.”
I’m guessing I know where Ms. Jackson spends her Sunday mornings.
Some people will no doubt dismiss this as a kind of theater. After all, Charlie Taney isn’t responsible for what his ancestor wrote. But that misses the point.
What’s going on here is the acknowledgment of an historical wrong followed by an act of grace which holds out the possibility of a new beginning–in other words, what the New Testament calls “reconciliation.”
Reconciliation comes from a Greek word whose principle meaning is “exchange.” In fact, it was principally used in reference to money-changing, where the parties exchanged coins of equal worth.
In this case something far more valuable than money is being exchanged: the acknowledgement of past wrongs for a restoration of relationships and the possibility of, to use another biblical term, shalom: peace, wholeness, and contentment.
Despite Justice Taney’s best efforts, Dred Scott died a free man. His first master’s family bought him back from the estate with the express purpose of freeing him. Many thanks to Mr. Scott’s and Justice Taney’s descendants for showing us the path to reconciliation in these divisive times.

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Relatives of slain churchgoers confront gunman for last time

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – One by one, family members of nine slain black parishioners confronted Dylann Roof for the last time Wednesday, shouting at him, offering forgiveness and even offering to visit him in prison as he awaits execution for the slaughter.
The 22-year-old avowed white supremacist refused to meet their gaze and simply stared ahead, his head tilted down slightly as it had been for much of his trial.
“Dylann,” Janet Scott said quietly as she started speaking. “Dylann! DYLANN!” she said, her voice rising. Toward the end of her remarks, she said, “I wish you would look at me, boy.”
Scott, an aunt of 26-year-old Tywanza Sanders, the youngest victim killed in the massacre, demanded that Roof look at her as she talked about her nephew’s “great big heart,” which could not be donated because of the police investigation.
The final statements came a day after jurors sentenced an unrepentant Roof to death. The gunman had one final opportunity to ask for mercy but instead told jurors he still “felt like I had to do it.”

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She fought those who tried to harm her daughter, and then she forgave them 

She would need all of that fortitude a year ago this month when four teens — including the son of former Nebraska State Treasurer Shane Osborn — barreled into her home near 122nd Street and West Dodge Road.
Chaos ensued. In “mama-bear mode,” Bywaters shoved one intruder to keep him from her daughter. He punched her in the chest. She kept pushing back until, finally, he lowered his shoulder and rammed her down a flight of stairs.
A concussion and a nearly-broken back later, Bywaters survived that night.
And then, in court this week, the plucky 52-year-old did the strongest thing she could: She forgave the teens, one by one, calmly telling them she hopes they straighten out their lives.

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After 15-year-old son’s suicide, family pushes for forgiveness and awareness

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TBN followers And Jan Crounch I am sorry for my post 

I believe a large majority of programs on TBN do not preach the Bible but a health and wealth gospel. So when I saw a story in which some well known TV preachers were questioning why the lady Jan Crounch who created TBN with her late husband had passed away I posted it. I did not know it was a joke and for that I am very sorry. I am sorry to her family  and her fans. Even though I think much of TBN doctrine is not correct I had no right to post what I did. All of you who read my blog I know expect better of me. I hope you will forgive me and will believe me when I write it was a honest mistake.I know many of you loved Jan. 




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A lady is used to change a killer 

Ashley Smith was just getting her life back together. As a 26-year old single mom, she had had a pretty rough journey. A Christian upbringing but a youthful rebellion – brushes with the law, some drug issues, jobs found and lost – and finally marriage and a little girl. Four years earlier, her husband had died in her arms from stab wounds in a violent attack. On that night in March of 2005, she was just getting settled in the apartment she had moved into two days earlier. When she returned from her 2:00 A. M. run to the store, accused killer, Brian Nichols, forced his way into her apartment at gunpoint.
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The Pope on forgiving the sin of an abortion ( 9-5-15 commentary ) 

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If somebody did something wrong in their pass life which they have true sorrow for and have repented of don’t you think they should be forgiven? I do. Don’t you think those of us who are followers of Christ should be forgiven for the sins we have repented of. I do. I don’t know about you but I want to be forgiven of all my sins.

    Recently the Pope got people talking by saying Catholic Priests can forgive women who have had an abortion who are truly contrite.

     Now I am not Catholic but an Evangelical Follower of Jesus so I would disagree with the Pope along with Catholic doctrine about having to go to a priest to be forgiven of sins. My understanding is the Bible teaches there is one mediator between God and men the man Christ Jesus. Never mind that the Pope is right women who have had abortions and are sorry for them should be forgiven. No sin is beyond God’s grace. Jesus died for every sin including the sin of an abortion. The only sinner God will not forgive is those who die apart from embracing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. There is no second chance to be forgiven of your sins after you die. If you have never asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins you just might want to do that today. Regardless what they are.

What do you think.

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson

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