Armstrong Williams

Despite what the secular Left would have you believe, America is a nation of faith. The country was founded on the first principle that we are God's creation, and as such, have both rights and responsibilities.

Amazingly enough, that simple point is controversial today, at least among those in the mainstream media. Acts of faith that can only be understood as such are portrayed as psychological hangups, or political maneuverings, or are assigned dark and scurrilous motives.

And yet by any measure, the vast majority of Americans are people of faith themselves. They're the majority. The Left hates this, because when it comes down to it, they just don't understand religious commitment, or the motivations it provides.

We see a perfect example of this in the near-universal media condemnation of Ginni Thomas.

Christianity is a religion of forgiveness, and as Christians, we're not only forgiven for our own wrongs, but we're called to forgive others for theirs. That's not easy, and we don't always get the reaction we want, but it's an important part of our faith.

And it's essential for our own interior health, as well. Forgiveness is about letting go and moving on. It's the law of release. Whose offense you fail to forgive, you carry the burden of for the rest of your life. Remember: Not all prisons are made of concrete and steel. There are the prisons of the mind, such as bitterness and unforgiveness.

Obviously, from her recent outreach to Ms. Anita Hill, Ginni Thomas has thought often about the offense between Hill and her husband, Justice Clarence Thomas. With an unwavering loyalty to both her husband and the Christian faith, she followed the admonition of her Creator to engage in a dialogue of reconciliation, with the hope of releasing everyone from this burden. Her now well-reported answering machine message was a first, brave step.

Now I'm not going to get into the specifics of what did or did not happen between Thomas and Hill decades ago. And I'm not saying this is how I would have handled the situation. But that isn't my point here. Rather, I want to focus on the courage of Ginni Thomas in reaching out to a woman who she believes hurt her family, and what her example should teach us.

Try to see things as she did. When she picked up the phone and called Ms. Hill, she had no idea what kind of response she'd get. She stepped out in faith, surely with the prayer to her own Forgiver in her mind ("Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us"). Ginni Thomas wanted an apology -- yes -- but she did because she wanted to forgive.


Armstrong Williams

Armstrong Williams is a widely-syndicated columnist, CEO of the Graham Williams Group, and hosts the Armstrong Williams Show. He is the author of Reawakening Virtues.
 
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