Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Specks, planks and machine guns.
This morning I read this:
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?... You hyprocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." (Jesus Christ)
Then I read a devastating story about a nine year old girl, taken for firearm lessons by her parents, who inadvertently lost control of the sub machine gun she was learning how to use and killed her instructor. Tragic. For the little girl, her parents and the family of the instructor. It sickens me to the pit of my stomach to think about how this one incident has completely wrecked the life of this little girl.
And the uproar on social media, the modern-day judge and jury rolled into one, has spread like wildfire.
Are any of us perfect parents?
Have we all made mistakes?
Can any of us claim to have made the right decisions for our children all the time?
Certainly not me, and I doubt you can too.
Let's focus on the planks in our own eyes and let these parents deal with the utter devastation of their own lives without adding our own online slaughtering of a choice they are, without any doubt, regretting and mourning.
It's not our place to play judge or jury. Our own eyes are too full of wood to be able to see clearly.