Let me first take a moment. Let me gather my thoughts so I don’t say anything stupid or un-Christlike – especially about this first video that speaks of the supposed goodness of God – in the face of the current tragedy in Japan.
[breath in. breathe out.]
Let me show you two YouTube videos that at least 2 dozen folks have emailed me asking for my thoughts:
“God is so Good”
This one entitled, God is so Good, is downright ridiculous. It may actually be worse than what Pat Robertson shared immediately after the Haiti earthquake. It makes me angry. Really angry and frustrated.
Update: Supposedly, the video below is the product of a troll. I don’t even know what that means. What does that mean?
And the video and the person’s account has since been deleted.
The power of my blog. Muhahaha.
Here’s my advice to her. Don’t pray for earthquakes and tsunamis for atheists.
Just go and love people. Be Christlike…
Watch it and let me know what you think:
The second video was something I was planning on ignoring because honestly…why fan the flames? But this video has unfortunately gone viral and major news publications have blogged and written about this video.
In a sentence summary: A UCLA female Caucasian student posted a personal rant on YouTube about Asians in the library [delete stereotypes in your mind that just entered your mind right now].
Let’s not mince words: The video conveys ignorance, prejudice, and some serious immaturity. And while we’re at it: Let me make a PSA and tell folks to please put on a decent shirt.
But back to the video.
While it wouldn’t be fair and constructive for me to call her a racist, I think we have to call stuff for what it is. The video itself is stupid.
I don’t have much more to say about the content except the that the comment about the tsunami was particularly uncool. But I do want to touch briefly on how we respond.
I’ve been alarmed at what seems to be an escalation of the war of words and insults on web forums and also on youtube and supposedly, on the UCLA campus. While I think it’s fair – since it was initially place on a public venue – to publicly address the video for what it is – a rant from a young, immature, and ignorant person who made a very poor decision, we don’t have to vilify and demonize the individual.
Again, I’m not suggesting we give her a free pass…
but to condemn her beyond redemption would be the worst thing that anyone can do.
- If she has any Asian friends, I sincerely and genuinely hope that they’ll reach out to her. And how cool would it be if they chose to study with her in the library! ;)
- I sincerely hope her Caucasian friends and ALL her friends will reach out to her to encourage her to consider the weight of what she shared publicly and to actually apologize. And to support and love her.
- I hope that if she has any Christian friends, they would express God’s love for her.
If there’s ever a time to express grace, this would the time.
If she or any of her friends are reading this, let her know that I forgive her, care for her well being, and welcome the opportunity to chat with her. I’ll be down in LA in May!