Kevin Boling of Knowing the Truth will interview me tomorrow regarding how Christian forgiveness relates to the senseless murders in Colorado. The interview will be streamed live at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, July 23, and can be heard online here.
Forgiving James Holmes is a topic that we wish was not in the news. Yet, we live in a fallen world and in the coming days we will need to shut our eyes and mute our televisions often if we do not wish to encounter the image of James Holmes’ orange hair in the news.
So many questions quickly come to the fore. In the below interview, Justin Davis, a brave young man who was in the movie theater, is quoted as saying that James Holmes deserves forgiveness. Davis says (at about the 1:17 mark): “We should just forgive. We don’t know what he’s going through . . .”
Justin Davis is obviously a brave and articulate young man. He should be commended for his courage and, most of all, for his commitment to bringing his Christian faith to bear on how he views this situation. I have children Justin’s age and my heart goes out to him.
Yet, Davis must also be shepherded regarding what the Bible teaches about forgiveness. Does Scripture really say that James Holmes deserves forgiveness for the Colorado Massacre? Should Christian victims say to James Holmes, “We forgive you because we don’t know what you were going through?”
As I have pointed out in the past regarding the problems with unconditional forgiveness, too many times Christians have proclaimed a cheap, therapeutic forgiveness that does not truly point people to the cross.
These are the sorts of questions we will discuss tomorrow during the interview. You are encouraged to call in with questions. A Toll-Free Number (1.888.660.9535) is open during the program to take your questions or comments.
If you are unable to listen to the interview live, it should be available soon thereafter in the archives.