Thursday, June 12, 2008

Kaczynski's Unlikely Bond

I just read this short article in "The Week" check it out.

It, no pun intended, blew me away. It deals with David Kaczynski, the brother of Unibomber Ted Kaczynski. David turned Ted in to the Feds, but before doing so he called one of his victims, Gary. David was wrestling with guilt - would one of Ted's victim's blame him, or impute guilt-by-association. Whe he found in Gary was forgiveness and grace. What was produced was, over time, a very real and genuine friendship. This line from David is the kicker:
"Gary and I are ‘blood brothers’ in a literal sense. Our bond forged through violence is as powerful and as deep as any genetic bond."

Amazing to think that a violent act actually, through grace, produced a relationship that otherwise would not be there. Note that the violence is not trivialized here, but that something good comes out of it, specifically by means of forgiveness and grace. And the good that comes out is a relationship. How Gospel is this! That a violent and tragic act of the Cross would bring a new relationship through grace and forgiveness. I don't know much else about David K, other than that he opposes the death penalty. But I do know that he has experienced something that is certianly quite Gospel.

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