Friday, March 6, 2009

A Sorry Apology

Notice how often people seem to be in the media saying they are "sorry" though you get the sense it's really just a PR move? And even in religious services too many of us have lost the "confession of sin" and the "assurance of forgiveness" as part of worship.

Recent apologies in the news came from Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez, who apologized for using steroids; Olympic gold-medalist swimmer Michael Phelps, who apologized for smoking marijuana; The New York Post, which apologized for but defended a cartoon with racist images; and former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, who apologized for not paying taxes that he owed.

“When apologies are deeply rooted in confession, contrition, a recognition of the damage that one has done and one’s implication in the hurt of others-- in the context of genuine repentance and confession with a goal of restoration of integrity, restoration of relationships and restitution for damage done, then apologies have depth,” Carder declared.

Really Sorry

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