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Not Forgivable on His Own Terms

During an appearance on the "Debatable" podcast, Thomas Haden Church discussed Will Smith's slap heard round the world.

Smith apologized just moments after slapping Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars for a joke at Jada Pinkett Smith's expense. While accepting the award for Best Actor, he directed his remarks to the academy and his "fellow nominees." But on the following Monday, Smith again publicly apologized, this time including to Rock. On Twitter, he wrote:

Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada's medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally. I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.

Church, who played the villain Sandman in the Spiderman franchise, was asked to comment on what consequences he felt Smith should face. Here was his response.

I think that Will Smith should be banned from the Oscars for the rest of his life. I think he should have his Academy membership stripped, but I don't think he should have the Oscar taken from him.

Church then concluded his thoughts by stating that Smith's actions are forgivable, "but it's not going to be forgivable on his terms."

Possible Preaching Angle:

Forgiveness is available, but it is not available on your terms. Forgiveness is based on God's terms. And what are the terms he has set? Faith in Christ alone.

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