Forgiveness and the Amish Debated
For a very interesting blog debate on whether it was wise for the Amish to be so quick to forgive the murderer of the innocent schoolgirls, click here. The blog that raises the question is run by a seminary instructor, trained in psychology and Christianity. I'd be interested in any comments on his question of whether the Amish were too quick in their forgiveness.
Apparently, at least one Amish spokesperson made a public statement denying anger at the killings, and he linked the absence of Amish anger with Amish forgiveness. If this is true, it might set up a false tension between anger and forgiveness. Further, it might do a real disservice to Amish families, who probably should be making private use of such OT Scriptures as the Psalms to express their hurt and anger, and to call on God for intervention and justice.