The majority of feedback to my last post during its short life-span was positive; many people expressed that I had put words to what they had intuited after watching the video. While it was gratifying to hear that my sisters found their voice through my blog, I also reflected on the intense criticism, despite it being in the minority. I am faced with an ethical dilemma. I don’t know where the line should be drawn. When are we supposed to respond in concern and when do we extend others the grace that we all seek? These are murky issues, varying only slightly in their hue of gray. In these types of situations, sometimes the only options are choosing between the least disruptive and preserving community. Even in this, I’m not certain that I am making this choice correctly. That, I suppose, is the nature of the color gray.
After much angst, I’ve decided upon the following course of action:
Though I remain convicted in my analysis, I choose to use the criticism as an opportunity to reflect. In my blog post I wrote, “I have a sharp tongue without 70 excuses to bear.” After meditating on the alternate viewpoint and the wisdom behind this Prophetic tradition, I’ve made the difficult decision to extend seventy excuses and let God alone judge, as He surely will, and may we all be encompassed in His Mercy, Love and Light.