Wednesday, November 10, 2004

I Am Sorry

Yes, the title of this post is chalked full of double meaning.

Several of my last post and ensuing comments have been way out of line. As one of best friends pointed out in a recent email: "You didn’t ask me, but I think your response to Julia’s comment was out of line. Not necessarily on its merits, but the spirit of it. Very belittling. Definitely not you."

His function in my life as a "Nathan" is a blessing for which I am eternally grateful.

So here it goes ... my sincere apologies (as sincere as an apology can get on a blog)

To the Democrat readers, I'm sorry. I was rude and stereotyping and not Christlike in my post about Kerry.

To Julia, I'm sorry. I was mean and vengeful and not Christlike in my response to your post. Opinions are over-rated and in an attempt to defend my honor I tried to dishonor you.

To my wife, friends, family, co-workers, and church, I'm sorry. When I act like I have it paints you in a negative light and brings your character into question.

And finally, to my Lord Jesus Christ, I'm sorry. As a dad I know first hand how it feels to see your kids treat each other unkindly (thankfully this doesn't happen too much in my home) and yet I don't know how it feels because I can't love my kids at the deep, life-giving level you love your kids (me, Kerry, Julia, etc) so my unfair treatment of my brothers and sisters must break your heart.

And that breaks my heart.

I'm sorry.


That Girl said...

I, too, had to apologize after last week's election. I was a poor winner who lorded my victory over another. I knew I wasn't being Christ-like when I was saying it but, I kept on. I sent a note and was forgiven but, I still feel ashamed.

Anonymous said...

Joel, I accept your apology. It was beautifully written. We all have our reasons for voting the way we do, and we are fortunate to be able to live during a time and in a place where we can express those reasons (even if it is like a couple of 5 year olds). Oh, and kudos to your friend who held you accountable...friends like that help make us better people.

I'm not totally innocent; I wrote some ugly things about Bush for which I apologize. I don't agree with all that he's done, but he is the president and that alone entitles him to some respect.

Let's not do this again in '08.


SG said...

I was snippy with a commiter on my blog too after the election. Politics seems to bring out the worst in everyone!