So So So Sad

Today while I was at lunch a friend emailed me the story that broke today about Jason Russell with the subject “So So So Sad” and it is.

And before you start shaking your head in disapproval.

Know this…it’s not just sad because he was under unimaginable stress and made a public mistake. It’s not just sad because what would have probably been a private family incident a few weeks ago is now international news. It’s not just sad because International Children has been working relentlessly to stop Kony and now millions of people are distracted by headlines and speculation.

It is sad because of what it brings out in us.

You and me.

You just have to do a quick google search or browse the trending topics on Twitter to see how broken WE are.

We judge. We mock. We put people on pedestals and shame then them for disappointing us. And we relish in other’s public humiliation.

It’s our brokenness that we need to grieve.

Yours and mine.

The light that we pray shines in on darkness is going to expose it…our muck, our crap, our sin, and our mistakes.

So let’s all acknowledge we are broken and that it is only by the grace of God that we are saved.

Let’s pray that our heart is broken by what breaks the heart of God.

And let’s love one other in success and trial.


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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dogs Molly and Maisy, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club.

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  • This is good Lindsey. Thank you.

    • lindseyrnobles

      Gosh, I would love to catch up with you Amy sometime soon. It’s been too long. 

  • Mark Tubbs

    Yes, Lindsey. Reminds me of the Henri Nouwen-influenced lyrics from a song I love called “Broken” by Beloveds Church in the Pacific Northwest: “Bless, bless and do not curse…”

    • lindseyrnobles

      Wow. So good. Never heard that before. But I’ve listen to it several times now. 

  • Brandon

    Thank you for reminding us that is our story too and that the body of Christ is to show restoration.

  • Beautifully stated. Thank you for shining grace so brilliantly. 

  • Yes. Yes. Yes. This story has undone me. I’ve been on the other side of those stones and I’ve got the scars to prove it.

  • Thanks for these thoughts Lindsey. We are ALL in need of grace…and learning to show it to others in their ugliness is an important and difficult lesson. 

  • Love your points.  We can be so messed up, as a people, which makes the incident and all the talk surrounding it immensely sad.

  • anon

    so true im usually one to look at these stories and mentally judge but this time i said u kno wat i wouldnt like if that if it were me so jason russell here is one less person looking up the news article on u just to laugh and judge and say as we all do from time to time “at least its not me” …good post i like this

  • Love.

  • Claudia

    I am not one to news chase…but I am glad I did with this. I had no idea who Jason was but, have seen snippets in the news and ignored it because I don’t chase headlines. I am glad I did… I would have not known about the film. I have read “A long Way Gone” and was somewhat aware.
      Maybe, this is a blessing and more people will watch the film and not worry about the “so so so sad” headline.  Good people have meltdowns…do stupid things– that will pass. Bad people do awful things that we should judge and go after, such as — Kony. Bless Jason and the good he does

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