Let's Be Honest

Let's Be Honest

Confederate flag supporters and protesters in South Carolina in July 2015.

Photo: NPR.


With race-related social tensions exacerbated in parts of America, including much reactionary Confederate Flag-waving in the South, the Anglican priest Tish Harrison Warren penned a provocative little piece in October's edition of Christianity Today. Speaking of heritage, Warren writes, "Our Christian inheritance includes immense beauty, holiness, and grace, as well as immense violence, failure, and sin."

She counters what she calls the false gospel of ancestor worship, which, quite obviously, is alive and well in geographies including but not limited to the southern United States. On the other hand, she offers an important corrective for those of us progressives who are tempted to adopt a "broad-minded superiority...that smugly labels everyone on the 'right' or 'wrong' side of history."

In one sentence, a priest reminded me of why the noisy and cluttered moral landscape of Unforgiven—with William Munny as its primary symbol—might just be an authentic image of true Christianity expressed in the real world...

The gospel allows us to honestly confront evil in church history, and to embody the good news that God uses even sinners—despicable and broken, confused and conflicted, good bad/bad good guys—to glorify himself.
— Tish Harrison Warren

Clint Eastwood as William Munny, the desperately flawed agent-of-redemption in the 1992 film Unforgiven.


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