I read yesterday about a young woman in Christendom who got divorced. Nothing especially interesting or novel in that, except that this woman has just a little bit of a "name" out there in the Christian world. Just a little -- and it's possible that her work will eventually cause her to become more well-known than she is now.
I stumbled upon this piece of personal information about her quite accidentally. I know almost nothing more about the situation. I do not know who initiated the divorce, nor do I know the first thing about the circumstances surrounding it. Neither, I might add, does anyone else online.
This pesky fact has not deterred a certain handful of people from posting their opinions, however. A small storm of Christians have graced the cyber-world with their not-so grace-filled assessments of this woman as a result of this divorce. It is very disheartening. What exactly are they suggesting? That she is not worthy of our respect because her personal life hit a bump in the road? That her work, therefore, is discredited?
That anyone would think such a thing is disappointing. That they would go so far as to put their superciliousness into words and publish it online is abominable. There is no excuse. My heart breaks for this young woman having to read such ugly words about herself, written by people who know nothing of her, her situation, or God's work in her life.
It's the sad, old adage: Only Christians shoot their own.
But I bet I can guess at their emotional motivations. And if I'm being unfair to them, well, maybe they deserve it.
My guess is that they themselves are in pain in their own lives. They haven't made the mark on the world that they had hoped to make in their younger years. They see her using her goodly intelligence and hard work to move the needle forward, so to speak, while they sit in their dusty corners of the world fruitlessly spinning in circles.
In other words -- they're jealous. And superciliousness is a handy consolation prize.
So, to the small group of highhanded folk who sought to defame this woman and her ministry, to make a public circus of something that was undoubtedly very painful for her -- for shame. Let us all see your words and posts for the spitefulness they are.
"Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and stand he will, for the Lord is able to make him stand." Romans 14:4