Today, I lament over Asians (especially my Christian brothers and sisters) who chose to use their time, energy and means to shame, berate and threaten an already-shamed, berated and threatened young woman.
Check out this news story: Alexandra Wallace leaving UCLA
Friends, she made a great error in judgment. Because her rant was posted on youtube, her 3-minutes of viral fame will make her infamous for the rest of her life. Any future prospective employer will google her name and see this unfortunate lapse in judgment. But more than the eyes of her peers or future bosses, my prayer is that she will discover the piercing gaze of Jesus who alone can deliver her from her sins. Disclaimer: I don’t know this young woman and I do not go to UCLA. I’ve just witnessed 6 days of utter madness being played out on my Facebook newsfeed and I’m fed up.
To those saying she got what she deserved, let me ask you: Do YOU wish to be known/labeled/identified for the rest of your life by your worst mistake ever? I didn’t think so. Shall we give her a break? Amen.
To those who produced/shared/laughed at all the internet responses (especially the countless youtube counter-rants), I humbly ask: But did her rant deserve “eye for an eye” treatment? Did ridiculing her and mocking her make you feel better?
To those who cranked it up a notch and called her home to deliver death threats, I am wondering aloud, “OK, not just eye for an eye but death threats? Really? Because in her frustration, ignorance and lack of judgment she said some mean-spirited things, she is deserving of death?”
Are we seriously going to make this young woman the lightning rod for all things racist and derogatory that Asians have endured?
Return to the Cross
Brothers and sisters in CHRIST, where is the love, the grace, the mercy, the pardon? The psalmist writes, “If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O LORD, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared” (Psalm 130:3-4).
Fellow Christ-followers, let us embody the grace that was so richly lavished on us when we came to the Cross. What was it that Paul himself confessed to his disciple Timothy as Paul neared the end of his life?
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst. – 1 Timothy 1:15
Maybe it feels good to beat the living dookie out of a person but I’m not feeling too good right now. Normally, I’m better with my words but I just feel dirty and sick over what has transpired. Today, I am NOT proud of my heritage. I must run to the Cross and cling to the sweet mercies of the One who has loved me and called me and freed me. I know that I must repent or else I will end up being guilty of some kind of bizarro reverse racism by hating Koreans (some of us need to repent of this, too, but I digress).
Fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, will you join me in running to the Cross?