Crime and Punishment

By April Dye, Contributor,  USDR.

I wrote an article awhile back about selective outrage.  How people nowadays viciously attack someone, especially on social media – people they don’t know and about stories they only get one side  of.

These same people demand that someone lose their job or worse, because they are “outraged” that someone could make that mistake, because of course they NEVER  would.

I am all for questioning the actions of others if they seem outrageous, but I don’t demand their head on a chopping block, especially when I don’t know the whole  story.

People these days, I have noticed, are less compassionate than they used to be.  In the past, you could make a mistake and after you apologized, for the most part, all was  forgiven.

Now the self-righteousness of others demands retribution and it can’t be slight, it must be severe and in full view of the public so everyone can weigh  in.

Like lambs to the slaughter people are no longer given a second chance; their lives are ruined, careers lost, families devastated to satisfy the bloodlust of the hysterical  crowd.

All so that someone in their bubble of perfection can feel good that they conquered a perceived evil, even if the punishment is worse than the  crime.

We all need to step back and take a look at  ourselves.

If you were to make a mistake, would you want compassion?  Would you want forgiveness?  Then look at yourselves and see if you do the same for  others.

“Let the person among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” John  8:7

“And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” Ephesians  4:32

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