Kathy Griffin apologized for the disturbing image she and a photographer made of a mock up photo of her holding a bloodied, disembodied head of Donald Trump. She also promised to ask the photographer to take the pictures down.
Forgiveness is a central virtue of the Christian life. While no one can judge Griffin’s sincerity, it should be said that her apology was not the standard, “I’m sorry if I offended anyone …” pseudo-apology so often extended by politicians, media types, and celebrities. Griffin was clear in taking responsibility for her actions and clear in saying they were wrong. She crossed a line, and she owned up to that. As one friend posted, a Christian’s obligation to forgive is not contingent on the sinner’s sincerity. God knows the heart.
So, what to do? It will be up to the head honchos at CNN if Griffin retains her long held stint as commentator for their New Year’s Eve coverage. It will be up to the Secret Service to decide if Griffin’s photo represented a real threat to Trump (I don’t think so), or may have inspired others who are disturbed in mind and soul to act against him (doubt it, but they’re the experts). As far as I’m concerned, she’s forgiven and I’m moving on. I encourage other Christians to do likewise.
I hope Griffin moves on, too. I hope she can find a priest, sister, or other spiritual person from her Catholic background who can counsel her in a way that might bring her back from the edge she so often skirts. I hope, at the very least, she can find friends who have the courage or insight to let her know when she’s being an idiot.
Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.