I know, I know; it's counter-intuitive to ask whether we're too nice these days, given that "the bird" and harsh "Anglo-Saxon" invective is almost the rule in communication. But bear with me.
What I'm getting at is the tendency to "let things slide." Did the stereo we just bought fail suddenly? Do we return it for replacement or refund, or do we simply do without or buy a new one? Did a business colleague fail to honor a commitment? Again, do we note this, or do we just let it slide?
Now certainly "love covers a multitude of sins." That said, it covers them as people repent of them and make restitution where possible, not just as a matter of "letting it slide." In other words, those who sin against us (and we ourselves) are forgiven as the matter is brought up, not as it is shoved under the carpet.
There is a parallel bonus from the product quality side. The company that sold you the defective radio will never find out about their design errors if people simply ignore the matter. Your product return allows them to improve their product.
Churches, sects, denominations, and non-denominations - Sociologist of religion Peter Berger (an ELCA Lutheran) discusses the phenomenon of the Sunday Assembly, which we blogged about yesterday. He said the fac...
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