Is Redemption Possible?

Redemption: the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil; an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed.

One problem with the Left is that they do not seem to understand human nature, and they do not believe in redemption (or that they refuse to).  They tend to view the world too simply, too black and white, too extreme (at least when it serves their purposes).  They apply their “standards of conduct” inconsistently.  People are messy and complicated and they do change — sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.  If we’re looking for a perfectly, squeaky clean public figure, we’re going to be looking a long time.  Especially in these times and within the culture/society that most of us have grown up – most people have not reached adulthood unscathed.  [Content Warning for links – some explicit talk about child sexual abuse]

Many have pointed out the hypocrisy and inconsistency of the recent attacks on Milo Yiannopoulos.  One commentary was written by an adult child of a gay couple: Milo Yiannopoulos’ Controversial Comments Reveal Hypocrisy Within LGBT Community.  He says that some of what Milo said “is indeed shocking… But — and this is a big but: what he said is quite common in gay subculture, almost banal, though both left and right tend to downplay or hide it when they discuss policy matters.”  He goes on to say that “Everything that society has done, nodding along with the preposterous notions of the LGBT lobby out of timidity or out of gullibility, has created this horror.”

Some on the Right have disavowed or outright condemned Milo for his flaws and mistakes (and great they may be), but others seem to understand why he is as he is and believe in the possibility for redemption and change, and that allies in standing up for the truth may not always be perfect to be good allies.  From Vox Day’s “The Path of Truth:”

Most people tend to look at others where they were, and judge them by things they have done in the past, even in the distant past. That is why the Left constantly digs through long-forgotten personal histories in seeking to discredit people; to them, you will forever be whatever the worst interpretation of the worst thing you have ever done or said is. That this is patently absurd, of course, is irrelevant to them. They care nothing for the truth, they only seek to destroy. They are little satans, accusers in service to the Great Accuser.

But they are not alone. Petty people always insist on trying to force people into the box of their past. They cannot conceive of change, of personal growth, or personal improvement, and they hate it when others make them feel as if their understanding of the world is incorrect. They will never stop trying to remind even the most successful, most transformed individual of his less impressive past.

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Not everyone who walks the hard and narrow path of truth is, or will become, a Christian, but it is a path that eventually leads to Jesus Christ all the same.

Milo Is A Rorschach Blot About Whom The Reaction Reveals All; the reaction to Milo Yiannopoulos is riddled with the hysteria of a witch-hunt that will embolden progressives and weaken conservatives and libertarians:”

We live in dangerous times when we fail to see people as complete human beings. Rational, emotional, spiritual, physical, and moral—human beings who are also imperfect. Where they fail in one area, they excel in another. Where they have darkness in one corner, they have light in another. Where they are wrong on some things, they are right on others. We should be honest about where they are wrong, but not blacken the whole with the stain of one spot.

But we too often don’t do that. We don’t see people with that kind of objectivity and balance because it’s easier and more expedient to see them as something other than complete human beings with a myriad of thoughts, feelings, and ideas, endowed with strengths and weaknesses. Instead, we see them as the sum total of their sin, their failures, even their deviancy, and in doing this, we leave no room for redemption, no room for grace. So, with a single word, tweet, video, or thoughtless comment, they are dismissed, delegitimized, and ultimately dehumanized.

What happens when we no longer see one another as complete, imperfect, complex human beings? What happens we see each other only as monsters? What happens when we no longer believe people can be redeemed, that they’re rot that must be expunged? What happens when we see people only in light of our political ideology, pieces on a game board to be tossed aside as if they have no dignity, no meaning?

Step into your worst nightmares, and you will get the answer. That is our future if we don’t change and start treating one another, not as tools to advance a political agenda, but as beautiful, yet fallen and woefully imperfect, human beings made in God’s image. Only then will we have peace. Only then will we all be free to be heard and understood.

Basically, our culture is, and has been for a long time, so screwed up; how can any of us be surprised by any of this?  What did people expect?

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