I have some advice for Christians (if they want it): When someone says that “kindness” is important, don’t argue against them. You won’t win. You won’t look good. And you’ll just give people like me blog fodder.
This all stems from writer George Saunders‘ viral commencement address in which he said the following:
What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.
Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded… sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.
Or, to look at it from the other end of the telescope: Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth?
Those who were kindest to you, I bet.
It’s a little facile, maybe, and certainly hard to implement, but I’d say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder.
It’s nothing you haven’t heard before, but c’mon, it’s a beautiful sentiment.
And hard to disagree with, right?
Unless you’re Christian.
Jen Pollock Michel writes at Christianity Today that Christians would be misguided if they followed Saunders’ advice:
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