So is, “I made an error in judgment” and “I misspoke” and “I made a mistake” These are all standard responses from politicians to avoid taking responsibility for their actions. We understand that. Most times, however, when we hear politicians use these clichés, they follow their admissions with the disclaimer, “But, I’m only human.” I guess that’s their justification for acting inhuman.
But what happens when folks who call themselves “Christians” use them?
I read a sad post this week about a lady who calls herself a “Christian”. She posted a reply on the Facebook page of an atheist woman, Nadja, who had been murdered. The woman who calls herself a “Christian” wrote, “Did you face your maker? Bet you believe now”.
She was flooded with nasty, hateful messages calling her out for her cruelty and her judgmental words. Her disgusting reply went viral.
“The Moving-Finger writes and having- writ, moves on; nor all your piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, Nor all your tears blot out a word of it.” From the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
She finally suspended her account saying the messages she was receiving were (in her words) “being hateful”. I wonder where they got that idea.
She wrote an apology on an atheists Facebook page…..too late. Her post had already gone viral. In her post, she spent four paragraphs asking for forgiveness and the next six paragraphs rationalizing her thoughtless response, calling her post a “lapse in judgment”, and admitted she didn’t write it “out of love”. (editor’s note: no kidding!) A woman she knew copied the nasty reply and sent it to the lady’s church. Her friend said she wanted the crass reply to spread like wildfire. It did.
The woman who calls herself a “Christian” said she is plagued with anxiety now. “I have had major anxiety since all of this happened,” she wrote on an atheist’s blog. “I’ve felt sick over this incident. I would just like it to go away.”