Oral Deckard in response to Wednesday’s program:
"Hurrah for the Union!" That had to be uttered with the expectation that it would be the last thing he uttered.
Revenge was commonly sought, and exacted. General Lee had just lost thousands of men, the battle, and the momentum of the war, and shouting a taunt at that moment to rub his nose in it, while laying on the ground helpless and within easy striking distance, was surely not done with an expectation that the enemy would be bigger about it than he.
But the reaction he got went against what he expected. It went against the natural human inclination. The reaction was unnatural. It consisted of turning the other cheek, returning good for evil, and showing grace, unmerited favor, when no such was required.
Had General Lee been an average man we would never have heard this story. But instead the taunter carried with him the rest of his life an image of what grace looked like.
And as Dr. Lilly has pointed out, we each have our own similar example, where, like with Mr. Long, the natural expectation would be what we deserve, death and hell. But instead we find grace, free for the asking, from One brutalized to death for nothing he did wrong, but for what we did.
Mr. Long recognized it, understood it, and appreciated it. But do we ?
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
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