Illustration: Forgiveness

According to a recent news report, a Texas church received a lot of criticism for a sign that said, "Jesus Does Not Care." The membership of Community at Lake Ridge, a church in Mansfield, Texas, said they did want to be provocative, but their point was that Jesus doesn't care about our past. Some evidently took the sign to mean Jesus does not care at all about us. Others suggest that it is too permissive. Whatever the intent, the church has received 40,000 hits on its website. Maybe both sides have a point. Jesus does care about our past. He cares enough to provide forgiveness so we don't have to care about the past.