The world we live in is governed by revenge, and forgiveness is nothing more than a platitude. Witness 9/1/2001: The US could have forgiven those who precipitated this event, but instead chose not just revenge, but "shock and awe" revenge. And we call ourselves a "Christian" nation. And of course there is the never ending cycle of Middle East revenge involving Israel and its neighbors. If there is one core tenet of Jesus Christ's teachings, it is that of forgiveness. Not just forgiving one time, but seventy times seven times. The cycle of revenge is never-ending, just like the wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan. And we as a nation do not deserve to call ourselves Christian.
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