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OK, so before I begin my rant allow me to explain what I am not saying. I am not saying that Paula Deen's use of the N word is acceptable or excusable in any way shape or form. I am not saying that she should get a pass and I am not criticizing the way in which her employers have responded. I recognize that there are many variables to this story that I don't understand so I will not sit here and condemn the actions of others without a proper knowledge of the issue and all of its implications. However, this whole Paula Deen controversy just really reminds me of the story of the woman caught in adultery in John 8.
...Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”...But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them,
“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin” (John 8:1-11, NIV).So Paula Deen said the N word in the past and due to her admission of this she gets fired. My question is this: How many people in the Food Network have never done something that would get them fired? I mean, if we are going to condemn Paula Deen for using the N word I wonder, shouldn't we all be condemned? Shouldn't we all get "fired"? I am not saying that because we all have sinned that we should then allow people to get away with inappropriate behavior, but what I am saying is that if Jesus were to enter the courtroom with Paula Deen and all of her accusers, and he plugged his iPad into a projector screen, opened up PowerPoint and began flashing the sins of every person there, all of us would be blushing, embarrassed, and ashamed. Some of us would probably run out of the courtroom and cover our face with our jacket as we walked by the news cameras and reporters asking, "Mr. Torres, did you really do what Jesus just said you did?" So before I look at Paula Deen and shake my head in disgust at her despicable behavior I should look in the mirror and recognize that I am no better. She sinned. I sinned. As Dieter F. Uchtdorf so eloquently said, “Don't judge me because I sin differently from you.”