It happened again this morning.
I was just flicking through the TV channels to catch the news headlines and I caught just a few seconds of Piers Morgan verbally attacking somebody, I heard the raised voice and the word “bigot” and I switched over.
I don’t know what the interview was about. Nor do I know what had upset Piers Morgan this time. It seems every time I catch a brief part of the ITV morning offering Mr Morgan is venting his spleen at someone. As I hurriedly passed over his anger and aggression I found myself thinking “whatever happened to grace?”
Grace has been in my thinking a lot recently because, it is the main theme I am preaching on at the moment. I want to make absolutely clear, I am not pointing the finger at Piers Morgan (that would be a lack of grace on my part, as I don’t know the full facts of what it was about). What I am questioning, however, is the lack of grace within society as a whole.
I suggested, on Sunday, that one of the first steps in discovering grace comes from a heart of compassion. Jesus was a man of tremendous compassion, in the Bible we read these words;
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9 vs. 36)
Are we a less compassionate society than we used to be?
Are we more critical of others than we used to be?
Are we more willing to complain about others rather than compliment others?
As I reflected on the part of the interview this morning, I remembered seeing the person that Piers Morgan was angry with trying to explain his point of view and not being able to get a word in.
I wondered about myself, how often do I want to get my voice heard, score points, be seen to be right and not allow others to be heard? Some words from the book of James really spoke to me;
Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. (James 1 vs. 19)
Sometimes, we will not like what we hear but, if we are to have compassion which leads to grace we MUST learn to listen.
Oh Lord Unblock my ears And Close my mouth That compassion and grace May grow in me AMEN