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the marks of repentance


By now you’ve heard about Mel Gibson’s caustic tirade (albeit influenced by alcohol) while being pulled over on a speeding violation. Sadly, DUI wasn’t the most egregious offense, it appears.

But here‘s his public apology to the Jewish community.

Repentance is a word whose meaning gets easily stripped of its multi-faceted character. It includes sorrow, contrition, embarrassment at how the sin offends (not merely how it makes the offender look), and a desire to make amends where possible. So from what you read, does this sound like repentance? It does to me–like the beginnings of truer repentance than we’re accustomed to seeing in public figures: no dodges, no excuses, no pretense, no minimizing its seriousness. Thoughts?

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