I have grappled with what to do about all of this.
I have not - and will not - watch the TMZ video of his violent behavior. Why should I?
I will not show him the video either. Why would I?
My son has been raised in a home where domestic violence does not exist. He has also been raised in a home where sin does exist.
No one has ever filmed his father using bad language while he is angry. No one has filmed his mother and father being selfish or rude or prideful or angry. No one has ever filmed the sinful thoughts of his father or mother. Nor has anyone ever filmed the sins of my children.
To the outside world the Chambless family appears to be relatively nice, polite and generally giving.
The outside world has no video of my 48 years of bad decisions. If the outside world had the same film of me that God has, the outside world would not think much of me. Or you.
I feel terrible for Ray Rice and his wife. I feel terrible about what she went through and what they are both going through now. He has been tried, judged and convicted by the self-righteous among us. I have heard people judge him as if he is a _______________________________!!!!(FILL IN THE BLANK).
People all over the world - many of whom have done horrible, unrecorded things, have sentenced him, in their hearts, to a life of unemployment, misery and mockery.
The Bible is pretty clear about the standard by which we judge people. The same standard we use will be used on us.
Ray Rice committed a terrible sin, but not an unforgiveable one. His wife has forgiven him. God can forgive him.
As I leave my son's autograph on the wall and his jersey in his closet I wonder,
"Why can't the rest of us sinners forgive him?"