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Turning the other cheek

So, the smears are beginning. A call this afternoon from a DC gossip columnist who was called by a Republican finance person alleging I had done something wrong to him five years ago.

All I wanted to do was fight back – to defend myself and preserve my “reputation.” But then I made a quick decision: I called the columnist and said that I apologized and I was wrong. Do I remember the situation? Nope. Does that matter? Probably not. I am called to be reconciled to my brother and that person, whoever he is, is my brother. And so I am sorry. It felt amazingly freeing actually.

Crazy, huh? I keep being reminded that Jesus really did know what he was talking about.

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posted October 17, 2006 at 1:22 am

I have just read the first chapter of your book at ABC News. The link, for others who might want to read it, is: All I can say is, what a relief and what a difference from the wrong-headed, hateful words we have endured for too many years from men like Gary Bauer, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Donald Wildmon and so many others out to capitalize on religion, who have turned Christianity to such vile and unnatural uses, for their own financial profit and political gain. Yours is that “still small voice” speaking after the storm. America needs more voices like that.

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posted October 17, 2006 at 2:33 am

Many of us who have not been fooled by “the Faith Flag” this adminstration has waved at the hapless evangelical voting bloc are beyond happy that you have stepped up to tell the truth. Remember, Jesus was not popular either.. but he revolutionized the world. I will be praying for you.

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Blue Gal

posted October 17, 2006 at 4:11 am

As a fellow blogger, I’m very impressed that you’re keeping comments open on this blog. That takes courage, and I admire you for it. Your sincerity is obvious. I wish you well.

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r nato

posted October 17, 2006 at 5:15 am

David you’re a brave man. Your enemies don’t believe in turning the other cheek. And when you do turn the other cheek, they just look at it as an easy opportunity to strike you again. I’m not criticizing you; I’m just saying this is how they think. I hope that your faith and your example can show them that there is a better way to be.

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posted October 17, 2006 at 1:04 pm

nice to hear of the awakening of your conscience after working with the current administration and realizing that Christians as a group or manipulated and used to further their various selfish aims…. I hope you continue to use your voice and renown to further expose not only the corrupted leadership of not only this country but the corrupted leadership of faith – the Pat Robertson’s, Jimmy Falwell’,s Reed’s – whoever you might be aware of who sees a Christian as a mark to be used, manipulated and robbed. It is a shame how few Christians question what they are being told….put a “WWJD” on it and most Christians blindly fall in line….

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posted October 17, 2006 at 11:52 pm

God Bless you! I do understand where you are coming from, But I believe also that we are also called to speak up, But in a loving way-not to point fingers or condemn, but to correct, to lead and to shed ligh in a world of darkness-this sometimes means that we have to stand up and be all that Deuteronomy 28 says we are- The head and not the tail, the top and not the bottom etc. I like how you handled that call and just forgave instead of trying to air your opinion or exert your rights or correctness! Thank you

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Kieran Conroy

posted October 18, 2006 at 5:06 am

What wisdom… how turning the other cheek overcame the Roman, British, Segregationist and Aparthied “empires”.. 4 of the most powerful and oppressive in the world’s history. And yet, we the the followers of the man who came up with that philosophy still so easily forget it, or doubt its power. I know I do, and its always gotten me more caught up in cycles of hate and anxiety. Thanks for sharing… its a lesson we could all stand to remember.

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posted October 19, 2006 at 10:53 pm

I’m glad you put “reputation” in quotes because yours is shot.

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