I would gladly attend Christmas service and receive Holy Communion — God’s gift of forgiveness — alongside former Lexington Sheriff James Metts. As we adore the Christ child, we also should confess our complicity in what we should have done to make our world better — not because of nostalgic moralism but because our only hope is the inseparable cradle and cross of Christ.
We must understand that each person bears the image of God. Yet too many of our grandmothers, mothers and daughters enter the criminal justice system. And too many young men need the model of two Josephs: one who forgave the injustices done by his own brothers and the other who respected his teenage virgin wife. More respect is needed everywhere.
Just a quick glance about at the violence in this world, whether in Pakistan or against women here in South Carolina, should reawaken our understanding that the Christ child of joy in the manger is interlinked with suffering.
Albert E. Jabs