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Forgiving the Enemy
The brother of an innocent man murdered in cold blood has reminded the world of the “scandal” of the Gospel.
Botham Jean, a 26-year-old accountant, was gunned down in September 2018 as he sat on the couch in his Dallas apartment, eating ice cream. His killer was Amber Guyger, a 30-year-old off-duty police officer who says she mistakenly entered Jean’s apartment, thinking it was her own, and then opened fire after taking Jean for an intruder.
Guyger has offered as excuses that she was exhausted after a long shift, and that Jean’s apartment was in the same location as her own, but one floor up.
It’s hard to grasp the horror of what happened that night: a good, and innocent man, shot and killed as he sat peacefully in his own apartment. Regardless of the validity of Guyger’s excuses, if Jean’s loved ones displayed nothing but fury when facing the woman who murdered their beloved son and brother, we would all understand.
Instead, last week, Jean’s 18-year-old brother, Brandt, showed the world another way. …