Sunday, October 15, 2017
A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow
I enjoyed the book, but a piece of bad theology left me unsettled. In the story, the grandmother of the boy who had been shot stood up at church and announced that she had forgiven the officer and asked others to show him mercy. Instead of supporting that act, the preacher and deacons think she needs to be rebuked. He says "On the issue of whether it's necessary for someone to ask forgiveness in order to be forgiven. Does Jesus forgive our sins if we don't ask him to? I don't think so. If that's the standard he laid down, how can anyone, even Thelma Armistead, forgive someone who hasn't admitted to doing something wrong and asked for forgiveness? Several of the deacons were telling me I have to publicly rebuke her." This line of thinking was never corrected. I know this is a work of fiction, but it bothers me to think that someone may assume this is true. From what I've read in Scripture, we absolutely can and should forgive others, even if they don't ask for it.
Other than that, the book was well-written and thought provoking. There are 7 discussion questions at the back of the book.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.