Recently, a commenter on this blog told us about a letter Johnny Robertson wrote regarding a young man in the Martinsville community who had died in a tragic car accident. In that letter, Johnny rather callously stated his belief that the young man was not in heaven.
Johnny’s comments here.
Now, I didn’t know the young man (did Johnny?), and I would never presume to state in a public forum such as the Martinsville Bulletin that the young man was damned – especially when the family is so deep in grief over losing him. I am not God to know things like that, and neither is Johnny. There isn’t room on the judgment seat for more than One – and He will make those sorts of calls.
I am truly flabbergasted that people still attend Martinsville CofC, ESPECIALLY after this letter from Johnny. I am not sure what good he thought it was possibly going to do for the furthering of the doctrine that he professes.
Johnny: We all know about your limited view of God’s grace, but is that really the time to express it? You already get two hours a week (four if you count the other two programs) to bring your schtick into the community, and that’s not enough for you that you have to go out and cause damage to a grieving family on top of things? I know that you think you are being compassionate, but the odds that that family will ever darken the door of your church just rose to astronomical. Way to be Christ’s ambassador, my man!
Now, on the flip side, take a look at the response the family gave to Johnny, from today’s Martinsville Bulletin:
Letter: Lorrie Pace
Family forgives Robertson
My name is Lorrie Patton Pace and I am Ryan Patton’s oldest sister. I received a call from my father on Thursday. He informed me that there was a letter to the editor printed in Sunday’s paper from Johnny Robertson that contained comments that were very hurtful to my family. My dad and stepmom are devastated. I have lost two brothers in 13 months and my parents, two sons. We will never be the same.
Our hearts have been ripped out and now we have to hear comments from someone like Robertson. I want to send Robertson this message:
Sir, my family forgives you, and we will pray that God forgives you for your insensitive and callous words; our God is a loving God, and we know Ryan is at his side.
That was from here.
Now, that is the attitude of Christ – that the family doesn’t strike out at Johnny – but extends forgiveness to him for the harm he has done. This is the way Christians are supposed to act.
I hope Johnny was taking notes when he cracked open the paper this morning.