My little sister is married to a wonderful man. His sister is a notorious criminal. A christian criminal, who if you google her name, the articles surrounding her are filled with vitriol and ridicule. Christians don't want to claim her, it's embarrassing. Non-christians find her guilty of the heinous crime of child trafficking.
Laura is the leader of the group of missionaries who tried to take children over the border to the Dominican Republic after the earthquake.
I don't know all the details, intent, designs, plans or history. I do know it wasn't well thought out. The allegations against her personal life are exposing. The facts of her financial woes leave her naked. She has broken hearted parents. Siblings who are worried sick. Children who are motherless.
Porn stars get a second chance, are loved by Jesus, the t-shirts say. And I agree with Turner that Jesus needs new PR.
What about a woman who let her misguided passion take her ninety miles an hour in the wrong direction? Does she get to have a piece of that mercy, compassion, grace and love we throw about so lightly?
She's still in prison. She's a pest to the government who has looming, dreadful issues to deal with. She needs an advocate, even as Haiti needs tents and every other kind of help.
I know I have made some stupid mistakes, taken a wrong turn, let my feelings override common sense and wanted to save the world and make a difference, like Laura. She got severe consequences for it.
She, in her foolhardy attempt at rescue, in spite of herself, has my admiration. I never got off the couch. She has pink ones of steel. Big ones. The media has portrayed her as evil. There really is evil going on in Haiti at the moment, but she's a good smokescreen to distract us.
If you are the praying sort, would you? I think she's learned a lesson. Can we forgive her and get her out of prison? Twitter brought Toyota down, maybe it can get Laura home.
Here's a link to the Today show interview aired today.