Desmond Tutu: A Man in Whom is the Laughter of God

7 10 2010

The former Archbishop of the Anglican Province of Southern Africa is retiring from public life effective today.

Time magazine had a series of questions for him, which can be found here:,8599,2023562,00.html

Two of my favourite quotes:

“…in spite of all the horror of injustice and oppression, and the sense that those who perpetrate evil tend to appear invincible, the texture of our universe is one where there is no question at all but that good and laughter and justice will prevail.”

“People often speak of God being even-handed. God is not even-handed. God is biased, in favor of the weak, of the despised. In the Bible, we first encounter God when he sides with a bunch of slaves against a powerful Pharaoh, an act of grace freely given. The pattern continues until Jesus Christ comes and you see God must have very low standards, when you look at the company Jesus kept: prostitutes, all of the riff-raff of society. Some people say: “You should have been preaching the Gospel.” But [what I preach]is the Gospel. A God who is on the side of those who do not deserve it.”

Most everything I have read about ++Tutu talks about him laughing. I have never met him, but there is an unmistakeable joy that leaps off the pages. I look forward to laughing with him one day in this life or the next.



One response

16 10 2010

I’ve met him. He is my hero!

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