We’re all sinners. We’ve all been in a place where we had to seek forgiveness and apologize. And for the sincere, it’s a hard thing to do.
Yesterday I watched the news as a girl in the Zimmerman trial said that “crazy assed cracker” was not a racist comment. And then I read that Alec Baldwin tweeted a rant to a reporter who Alec called a “queen” and other vulgar things. Finally, I watched a video clip as Paula Deen made a tearful apology on the Today show.
Now, I admit to 1. never watching network tv and 2. knowing very little about Paula Deen. Short of knowing that she’s a Southern chef, that’s about it.
But since the deposition came out that she used the n-word 30 years ago, she has lost most of her business partners. Even with Paulas tearful apology on video and television, these businesses have severed ties with her.
Has Baldwin apologized? Has Capitol One cut him off as a spokesman for their credit card? The answer is no, not as of this writing, at least. For some reason, he’s a protected person.
We’ve become a nation of double standards. It’s okay for him to rant vulgarities to a reporter, just a couple days ago but not for Paula to apologize for a racist comment she admits to making over 30 years ago.
My point is this: It’s not our place to determine sincerity. That’s up to God. But when we are asked for forgiveness, we should extend it. We are all sinners and we have all made missteps in our lives. We have all misspoken. We have all said things that we now regret. We all know how hard it is to apologize and ask for forgiveness. Paula Deen has asked for forgiveness and who are we not to grant it to her?