“When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.”
“My Life in Court”
There are probably few of you who do not know who the woman is pictured above. Paula Deen was a single mother, poor and full of insecurities that very nearly kept her homebound, save for one thing. She had a fire that burned inside that told her that all things are possible when you search for and discover your divinely endowed talents. Some see that fire as bravery. Others call it the voice of God. But whatever description you choose, it was enough to move a mountain! And so rather than let herself continue on that downward spiral that those saddled with such obstacles often find is their lot in life, Paula Deen acted on this newly discovered bravery, and she made a life for herself and for her boys, and in doing so, carved out her very own niche in history. Until, that is, one fateful day recently, when that hard-fought success came tumbling down….like a house of cards. And all because she made a mistake!
Was it a HUGE mistake? Well, it depends on your very own culture and race and beliefs! You see, she is accused of acting and speaking and thinking in a manner that can be considered to be racist against the African-American community! It is a mindset that, unfortunately, is all too prevalent in our world, especially the world of the “Old South”, which nurtured the Deen family. However, prejudice is an all-pervasive and learned mindset whose victims can be any and every person who is a tad bit different! Whether such attitudes color our thoughts and behaviors against a person because of their race, or whether it is directed at a group of people because they worship in a different way, or whether it is hurled at a slightly overweight child walking to the bus, there is nothing that erodes self esteem and feelings of worth more, than hate speech and thoughts that demean a fellow human being!
That Paula Deen has paid a heavy price for this mistake, none can deny. Her endorsements and sources of financial backing are jumping ship faster that the speed of light! She has said she is terribly sorry for what some consider to be the unthinkable. I believe she is truly repentant, and I believe it is more than because of the monetary things now lost. I believe she knows in her heart what happened has diminished her in the minds of some and I believe Ms Deen prided herself as being a strong role model for many women, and especially single mothers, in our country. Unfortunately what I believe carries little weight in the global scheme of things. You see, still, there are many who long to pick up that stone, take aim, and fire it at her! Which makes me wonder how we can have possibly grown so little in our heart of hearts since that day 2000 years ago, when Christ wrote some words in the earth (the documentation of which appears below in the verses from John Chapter 8!
Remember Christ’s lesson about not being quick to condemn when one is not blameless and tempering justice with mercy? They are lessons whose meaning are just as important today as they were then, which is why the lesson has endured in Christian thought….and even has found itself part of our vernacular today. How often have we each said the phrase, “Let the one who has never sinned cast the first stone”?
Paula Deen asked for this on camera and the press blasted her for saying it. But it was her tears that spoke far more to me! And all I know is one, single, solitary thing! The person wielding that stone, most certainly WILL NOT be the sinner who is writing this post!
8:1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more
John 8: 1-11 KJV
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