There is taking the high road, and then there is this. WOW. Simply amazing.
Have you ever heard about an impact statement ending with the guilty party being invited for a hug before? This might very well mark a first of its kind.
You’ve heard, by now, about the tragic circumstances that began with an off-duty cop mistaking her downstairs neighbor’s apartment for her own, which led to a chain of events where the man who lived there was fatally shot. The deceased, Botham Jean, was unarmed, eating ice cream and watching television at the time.
The grieving family members had every reason to be angry, hostile, and wishing the worst of all possible fates upon the woman whose actions robbed them of a love done.
Nobody would possibly have expected the following statements from his grieving brother.
BREAKING: In stunning moment, Botham Jean's brother embraces Amber Guyger after her sentencing for his brother's murder.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 2, 2019
The pain he is enduring is obvious. But he wasn’t making this statement about HIS pain, or even his own life. He came with the one thing nobody could possibly have predicted: a message of love, forgiveness, and most of all… hope.
“I want the best for you. That’s exactly what Botham would want you to do. And the best would be giving your life to Christ.”
“I love you as a person, and I don’t wish anything bad on you.” And between sobs, he asked a shocking question. “I don’t know if this is possible, but can I give her a hug? Please?”
The story would be amazing if it stopped right there. But it doesn’t. The same woman who handed down Amber’s sentence gave Amber a gift:
Judge Tammy Kemp steps off the bench, hands Amber Guyger her personal bible and tells her to read and live John 3:16, then hugs Guyger.
Watch live: https://t.co/86S3jPDqCg#AmberGuygerTrial pic.twitter.com/U1oGEQW7I5
— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) October 2, 2019
If there’s any message a world as fragmented and contentious as ours is today could use, it’s the one Brandt Jean just delivered in his victim impact statement.
This must be what Jesus meant when he said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.’
Get Doug Giles’ new book:
Rules For Radical Christians is not a survival devotional designed to help the young Christian adult limp through life. Rather, it is a road-tested, dominion blueprint that will equip the young adult with leadership skills and sufficient motivation to rise to a place of influence in an overtly non-Christian culture. Rules For Radical Christians gives the reader the keys to become strategically equipped to move into an anti-theistic environment and effectively influence it for the glory of God.