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Peace Activist and Christian Author Shane Claiborne Speaks at BC

by Andrew Peters ’15

Peace activist and author Shane Claiborne highlighted grace during BC’s Fall Spiritual Focus convocation, held in the Carter Center for Music and Worship, Monday, Nov. 5.

As Christians, Claiborne stressed that grace “isn’t always what comes out of us and sometimes [grace] does not come out of Christians.” He was surprised that sometimes Christians are good at ostracizing people from their communities.

Claiborne cited a recent study that most non-Christians thought that Christians were anti-gay, hypocritical and judgmental, rather than extolling the fruits of the Spirit, such as love, joy and peace.

“Being Christian does not mean that we have new ideas,” Claiborne commented, “it means that we have new eyes.”

He emphasized that no one is beyond redemption and that all people sin, including Christians. While quoting Jesus, Claiborne said “let he who is without sin, throw the first stone.”

Claiborne stressed that we should not see people for what they are on the outside, but rather as a child of God. “We should not see a woman as a prostitute, but rather as a life that Jesus’ love can touch.”

God is bigger than our mistakes, Claiborne reminded students. Mentioning David’s sin of adultery with Bathsheba and his subsequent murder of her husband, Claiborne told students that “if God is bigger than David’s mistake, then He is bigger than our sins.”

Everyone is broken, but no one is beyond redemption. “[God] is bigger than our guns and violence; He is bigger than all our sins.” emphasized Claiborne.

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