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Tyson and Anthony are Just Like Us


Take a look at the faces above. Not just a glance, but a good long look. What thoughts come to mind? What images play in your head? What feelings and emotions begin welling up inside of you?

Most of us probably began remembering Tyson’s famous ear biting incident, and Casey Anthony’s trial for the disappearance of her daughter. Most of us probably could picture each of these incidents play by play. And most of us probably began feeling anger, upset, and sadness. We probably even had the thought of “those horrible people.” Let’s be honest. Don’t try to hide it or deny it. Let’s be honest enough to say that we are guilty of passing judgment on Tyson and Anthony, and quite possibly condemning them.

But what if? What if Tyson was our son? What if he was our brother? Our husband? Our cousin? Our father? Our friend?

But what if? What if Casey was our daughter? What if she was our sister? Our cousin? Our wife? Our mother? Our friend?

But what if? What if Tyson was us? What if Casey was us?

How would we want others to respond to us? How would we want to be treated? Would we want people to give us a second chance?

Often times we see other people through a distorted lens. We see “what they have done”, and have failed to see THEM. We don’t think about what if the shoe was on the other foot. We distance ourselves and disconnect ourselves from the reality that it can very easily be someone we are close to or even ourselves found in their situation. None of us are immune to reality of this.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

Did you catch the “ALL” part of that verse. Not some. Not a few. But ALL. That includes you and me. Yes, Tyson’s and Casey’s sins may have been displayed across the media for everyone to see, but we ALL have our own sins and shortcomings displayed in our own lives. And with that understanding and realization, we should keep that in mind the next time we begin to think that people such as Tyson and Casey don’t deserve a second chance. When we begin to pass judgment instead of grace or condemnation instead of mercy, we need to remember that we too have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. God’s grace is for ALL people. May we be more than willing to share it.

Grace and Peace

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