“That’s what Botham would want”are the words that have torn and divided the many people in the United States. Amber Guyger is a white Dallas police officer who claimed to have mistook a neighbor’s apartment for her own and fatally shot the neighbor in his living room. Ms. Guyger was sentenced to a decade in prison in a stunning courtroom scene that included the dead man’s brother and the black judge embracing the sobbing officer.
People outside of the courtroom reacted angrily to the sentence given to Amber Guyger in the death of Botham Jean, believing it was too lenient. But Jean’s brother addressed her directly from the witness stand.
Brandt Jean told Guyger that his brother would have wanted her to turn her life over to Christ, and that if she asks God for forgiveness, she will get it.
“I love you as a person. I don’t wish anything bad on you,” he said to the 31-year-old Guyger, before asking the judge, “I don’t know if this is possible, but can I give her a hug?”
Many quarters are divided and torn over what has transpired. However, I would like to offer a different and Christlike perspective to those who feel justice was not served and that that Botham’s family should not be very forgiving.
- I believe Brandt Jean has acted in a manner reflecting his brothers character.
- I feel many of us have moved so far away from the power Holy Spirit and forgiveness is now a foreign language.
- Everything is not for us to understand. Yes, losing his brother is very painful and God knows I would find it hard to forgive. However, I am also aware that if in that position I would have to look through Christ’s lens.
- Forgiveness is a necessity if we are to experience peace and move on with our lives.
- I do not know if I would want to walk around with bitterness and anger, it would eat away at me.
- Let us respect the family’s wishes as they try to find closure in all this, because its not easy and as strangers looking in from the outside, it is not fair nor right for us to pass judgement.
- What he did takes a much bigger person and I applaud him for that.
Ephesians 4:31-32 New International Version (NIV)
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.