Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ruby Ridge - Forgiveness Means Freedom But Does Not Mean Forget

This morning, InstaPundit linked to a piece written by the senior editor of Reason magazine, Jesse Walker on the events at Ruby Ridge, which occurred twenty (20) years ago this week.

Walker’s article, which is titled Ruby Ridge Is History, But the Mindset That Led to Ruby Ridge Is Thriving, is meant to remind readers that the government’s attitude, in regards to the Weavers and their ideas on freedom, has not changed in the past 20 years, and in fact, the government’s attitude regarding individuals who desire to live in liberty has become even more paranoid, just look at the militarization of your local police department, or the federal government’s increasing surveillance of society at large.

While I’m pleased that Walker points out the government’s continued and increasing paranoia in regards to freedom loving individuals, and reminds readers of the government’s egregious behavior against the Weaver family, Walker does a disservice to all individuals who desire to live in liberty in his piece by referrring to such individuals as “marginal groups” holding “fringy views.”

But on to the subject of forgiveness.  Reading Walker’s piece this morning recalled to my mind a recent article on Sara Weaver, which I’ve been thinking on this week, which is headlined 20 years after Ruby Ridge, there’s forgiveness.

In that story on Sara Weaver, we learn that though she has not forgotten the events at Ruby Ridge, she has forgiven those responsible.

“I went 10 years without understanding how to heal” until becoming a born-again Christian, she said. “All bitterness and anger had to go,” she said. “I forgave those that pulled the trigger.”

I’d say that Sara Weaver is even more free now than she was in the past, and her stating so exhibits a power which cannot be chained.

Sara’s words also reminded me of another story where forgiveness results in individual freedom and strength, put down by Ernest Gordon in his book detailing his experiences as a Japanese held POW titled Through the Valley of the Kwai: From Death-Camp Despair to Spiritual Triumph, which also was made into a movie in 2001 titled To End All Wars (available on NetFlix) and which I think is well worth delving into.

Forgiveness means freedom, but does not mean forget.

Posted by John Venlet on 08/23 at 09:31 AM
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