(Forgive me if the following makes no sense. Still getting over this cold, suffering the effects of poor sleep, and/or stoned on melatonin).
What would you think of me if you caught me watching a movie whose main characters were girls called “Ginger Snap” and “Angel Cake?”
What would you say if I told you I was exposed to porn at a very young age, and that it was something I struggled with off-and-on for years? Would you believe me if I told you it was a problem before, but not anymore?
Would you give me the benefit of the doubt, or the bum’s rush? Are you yourself without sin? I thought not. Then don’t be so hasty to cast the stones of aspersion.
For you see:
Perception is often not reality.
1 Samuel 16:7 says,
“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
The simple fact is because we are not God (and thank Him for that!) we can’t see each other’s hearts. The best we can do is pray for perspective, and in good faith offer the same trust we expect to receive. Indeed, what do we have without it?
(A wise man once said that “loving one’s neighbor as oneself means being just as forgiving of their sins as one is of one’s own.”)
By the way, that movie I told you about above, the one with “Ginger Snap” and “Angel Cake” in it? It’s one one of my daughter’s favorites; it’s called Strawberry Shortcake: Sweet Dreams, and is a cartoon.
Can we agree to give each other the benefit of the doubt, and at least try to see one another through love-colored glasses? If so, the world would be a much better place.