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Colossians 3:13 states, “Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the LORD has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Another verse from the Lord’s Prayer states, “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12).
“I forgive you” are probably the last words you would expect anyone to say to their sibling’s murderer. That’s exactly what happened October 2 in a Dallas courtroom.
If you are on Twitter or watch the news, then you probably heard of the drama surrounding Brandt Jean, the brother of Botham Jean who was shot and killed by former Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, hugging and stating that he forgives Guyger for killing his brother.
“If you are truly sorry, “Brandt Jean said. “I know I can speak for myself, I forgive you.”
To anyone who considers themselves to be a Christian, but has a problem with Jean saying this, maybe it’s time that you take a look at the man or woman in the mirror.
I realize that I’m not a perfect Christian. I have sinned more than my fair share, just like the next Christian. What I have been learning to do more though is to truly forgive the people who have harmed or hurt me. This is an important thing for us to all strive for; it doesn’t matter if you’re religious.
When Jean said that he forgave Guyger, his forgiveness really impacted me because I’ve lost someone close to me due to gun violence. My biological father was shot and killed when I was four years old. From the point that I was able to understand what happened and into my early 20’s, I had a fierce hatred for whoever killed my father.
I credit a divine intervention and realization for my changed beliefs. I realized that, if I wanted God to forgive me of all my sins, my trespasses, then I needed to forgive everyone that had ever harmed me. Thankfully, I’ve managed to forgive whoever killed my father.
Just because Brandt Jean decided to forgive Amber Guyger doesn’t mean that she shouldn’t be punished for killing his brother. No one is excusing the fact that Botham Jean was murdered for being in his apartment.
14:18 states, “The LORD is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but He will by no means clear the guilty.”
To call Jean’s selfless act “post-traumatic slavery syndrome” or “samboing and mammying,” synonyms for “cooning,” is not only disrespectful, tasteless, but, more importantly, it is intellectually lazy.
What Brandt did was a PERFECT example of Christ’s love.
So, I leave you with this question: If Christ can ask God to forgive the very people who beat him, mocked him, and killed him, what gives us the right not to do the same?
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.