If you weren’t aware, yesterday marked the end of a 6-day trial that led to the conviction of a former white police officer who murdered a black man.
Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was sentenced on Wednesday to serve 10 years in prison for the fatal 2018 killing of an innocent man, Botham Jean, she shot when she mistakenly entered his apartment believing it was her own. After 6 days of trial and the prosecution pushing for a sentence of no less than 28 years, Jean’s younger brother, Brandt, was allowed to address Guyger and completely forgave her, pleaded with her to come to Christ, and embraced her in a remarkable show of love and kindness that only the gospel can provide.
However, some woke Evangelicals are complaining that instead of seeking harsher judgment against the white woman, Brandt instead forgave her. Jemar Tisby, a former professor at RTS and current CEO of the black Christian collective, The Witness, penned a scathing piece in the Washington Post against white people who are moved by the gracious act of kindness. He writes,
Some viewed Brandt’s actions as a stunning example of forgiveness, a moment of grace and tenderness that briefly bridged the chasm between races and provided an example for all to emulate. Although Christians of different backgrounds shared a variety of responses, this moment was especially celebrated by white Christians. It seems to indicate a desire to hastily move on from the wrong done and offer a perfect picture of reconciliation.
As far as I know, not one white person — or any person — has displayed a desire to “hastily move on from the wrong done” and overlook justice. Guyger’s sentence appears light, only ten years, but her sentence wasn’t decided by a jury of white people. In fact, only two white people were on the jury. Five were black and five were Hispanic. Literally, nobody in their right mind could argue that “white people” are trying to evade justice.
Perhaps the ones who are moved by this act of kindness actually understand biblical reconciliation. Tisby, a radical anti-white racial instigator, has spent the majority of his career impugning an entire ethnic group for sins not committed by them in an effort to draw material gain for blacks. Tisby relentlessly pushes for monetary slave reparations to be paid by white people to black people regardless of any hand indeed, but by the very virtue of one’s melanin count. Further, he has rewritten the gospel to include these acts as propitiatory and effectual for grace. It is clear that Tisby — who claims to be Reformed — has no understanding of the gospel.
Perhaps, with just the right amount of compassion, some believe we can erase the color line. But when another black man has been murdered by a person charged to “serve and protect,” forgiveness should neither be demanded nor assumed.
Not one person has demanded forgiveness. However, this statement does display, once again, Tisby’s lack of gospel understanding. In the world, forgiveness is not mandatory — but as Christians, we are absolutely required to forgive. To forgive doesn’t necessarily mean to forget. But it absolutely should be assumed that Christians will forgive others. Why? Because nobody who’s ever walked the face of this Earth has been sinned against more than our savior, Jesus Christ, who forgave us. And he requires us to forgive in return.
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.Matthew 6:14-15
He goes on to complain about “white superiority” that always “assumes black forgiveness” — complete nonsense.
If white people expect all black people to extend forgiveness as quickly as Brandt Jean did, then they understand neither black people nor black pain.
Just shut up, Jemar Tisby. Just shut up! This isn’t about black people, it isn’t about the world or the culture — it’s about a Christian man who understands what it means to glorify God above all things. Something you clearly don’t grasp.
Did she deserve a heavier penalty? Probably so. In fact, according to the Revelation 21:8, murderers deserve the lake of fire. Do you deny that you are one?
Black grief is a community project. It is felt widely but dealt with individually. Some go to therapy. Some participate in demonstrations. Others write op-eds. Everyone is entitled to their own process.
No, Jemar Tisby. Everyone is not entitled to their own process. There is only one process — it’s the cross of Jesus Christ. Until you grasp this concept and submit to it, you’re going to spend the rest of your life as an angry, outspoken activist with no hope. You, Jemar, exemplify the hopeless, encourage the reckless, and display an insurmountable lack of bitterness that should, at the very least, call your own relationship with Jesus into question.
You need to heed the words of Brandt Jean yourself and come to Christ.
You can listen to the audio of Jemar Tisby saying that “black forgiveness comes to a great cost to black people,” below.