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CLARITY – 10-3-19 Brother Does the Unexpected


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-3-19

Brother Does the Unexpected

What’s Happening: “I guess everyone has heard of the Dallas area police officer who mistakenly shot and killed a guy – he (Botham Jean) was entering his own apartment and the officer (Amber Guyger) had mistakenly (the apartment was exactly one floor below hers) shot Botham, thinking he was an intruder – but have you heard about Brandt Jean, Botham’s brother, who yesterday forgave Guyger from the witness stand and later hugged her? (–abc-news-topstories.html). ‘I love you just like anyone else and I’m not going to hope you rot and die,” Brandt Jean testified at the sentencing portion after Guyger had gotten 10 years. ‘I personally want the best for you. I wasn’t going to say this in front of my family, I don’t even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you because I know that’s exactly what Botham would want for you. Give your life to Christ. I think giving your life to Christ is the best thing Botham would want for you.’”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Wow! Now that took guts!”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah…maybe even more than that. What is the quote? ‘To err is human, to forgive, divine’? (Alexander Pope, ‘An Essay on Criticism’) I’m reminded of Christ Himself, forgiving His executioners and the crowds who stood by and mocked (Luke 23:34). You might expect that from the Son of God, but from one of His followers?! I guess his faith is real! And our faith should be real. And, if real, it should produce a difference in us. Sometimes that difference is shocking and unexpected.”

“Christians? We believe that our love for our fellow man might help us change our defaults. Our love, after all, is the result of a nature change…that’s why our defaults have changed. Where Brandt might have acted like any other brother…full of hatred and revenge…yet he saw Amber as just another human in a mistake…a deadly one, for sure…but just a mistake.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us default to the nature change that having You as our Father produces in us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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