SnapChat, Voicemail and YouTube

I’m guessing that Deron Puro never thought that an angry, racist voicemail left on another person’s phone would have such a far-reaching consequence!

It all began when Mr. Puro’s twin boys sent bullying Snapchats to Brad Knudson’s, African-American daughter, Dee. When the Puros would not answer the phone or the door to talk about the situation, the police and school were brought in, mainly because the Knudsons have a friend whose 13 year old son committed suicide after being continually bullied.

The Knudsons who are Caucasian feel blessed that they were privileged to adopt their beautiful daughter 11 years earlier; and as all parents they love her dearly. So with the knowledge and approval of Mr. Puro, Brad Knudson made a YouTube video including voicemail recordings with the racial epithets. As a result of the visibility, Mr. Puro was fired from his job two days later. Ouch! I’m sure he didn’t see that one coming.

Generally speaking, I think we have a tendency to compartmentalize our lives. We have our work compartment, our home compartment, our church compartment, our play compartment, etc., and we don’t mix them too much. Perhaps I’m wrong, but it seems that most people think their work life has little effect on their home life or the spiritual life and vice versa. And while I think that some separation is necessary, I also think that somehow we are missing out on God’s design for us. Do people at your place of employment know the same you that your family at home knows or that your church family knows? If not, why not?

We were created to be whole individuals, a part of this community called humans. Created to be the same person even in different environments. There’s harmony in this design. No need to remember where you are, only whose you are.

If this story teaches us anything, it is that the destructiveness of sin reaches not only to its intended target and beyond, but often comes full-circle to bite the sinner in the proverbial butt. With sin, no one walks away unscathed! 

But with God, there is forgiveness to the one who seeks it.

In HIs Grip,

Terry

 

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About terrylafferty

I am married to a beautiful Christian woman, Jennifer and I have 5 wonderful children. I serve as the minister with the North Hills church of Christ in Pittsburgh,.
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One Response to SnapChat, Voicemail and YouTube

  1. Brandon Shaw says:

    I think the last line is great! Forgiveness is offered in Christ…if it is sought. Often people say, “Oh, God is a forgiving God,” but fail to understand that his forgiveness comes with conditions, namely that the sinner must repent and believe in Jesus Christ. We must never forget that forgiveness must be sought for eternal life to be had. Thanks, Terry!

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