They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them,
“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders.
So he was left alone with the woman before him Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
She replied, “No one, sir.”
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more.”
As I said this morning a lot of folks are beating their breasts in pride that Ray Rice has gotten his just deserts being banished from the job even though most of them knew the reality of what happened as soon as the 1st video was released.
While everyone is in such a rush to congratulate themselves on their own righteousness the desires of Mrs. Rice who had this to say:
“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” she wrote.
She called the attention to their Feb. 15 fight in the Revel Casino Hotel “unwanted.”
“To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his a.. off for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE!” she wrote.
Now there are several ways to look at Mrs. Rice.
The first is to wonder if this was all about a meal ticket. Most people in general and most women in particular have a dislike of being knocked flat. One might thing that such an action would cause a person to say, I’ve had enough. But the prospect of an NFL star with a paycheck in the millions would likely be a good long term plan for a comfortable life and it the cost of said life is a single (or even multiple blows) she might have considered that acceptable given the benefits.
It would explain her actions to protect her husband. Anything that prevents him from being on a football field is contrary to the meal ticket and must be fought and the league and team wanting to protect a valuable commodity would happily go along.
People don’t like this possibility as it turns her victimhood into a source of irony however if this is the case then the suspension of Ray Rice and the prospect of him never seeing a job better than $10 an hour is an ironic twist, whereby she traded her dignity for a cash reward and now it’s gone for nothing.
The second possibility is she is a sucker in love, attracted to a man who treats her awful and is simply no good for her. If that is the case one beating or 100 beating wouldn’t make a difference, she would stand by her man.
This would also explain her actions, self destructive people make bad choices and her defense of her man could be the same bad choice that many people in abusive relationships make and since her enabling also served the leagues’ purposes they went along.
This is a stereotype that a lot of people wish to see because if this is the case, all that is done to her husband, even if it costs them everything they have is worth it in the minds of those who are pressing this issue to make the example and save her from herself. Oh how people wish that to be the case.
There is however one way that might actually make sense that a lot of people don’t’ want to consider. They are a normal couple that had an extreme moment of crisis. Most people have various problems but there are times in a relationship where one or both people do things they regret and the people in either take the easy route and split or take the more difficult road deciding to work it through.
There is every possibility that this is the case. It like the first two would also fit the events.
They decide to stick it out and put this behind them, they ask the league and the cops to go each for the sake of making it work and both decide either for their own purposes or because they actually want to help (or both) to go along, so he takes the non-fatal hit to his career and they do their best to mend fences.
This is the nightmare situation for the public and the self righteous, because if this is the case all their seeming self serving help is only serving to hurt people trying to get through a tough time.
All of these explanations are plausible, to the best of my knowledge all fit the known facts and there might be 4 or five other possible combinations that could be played. The truth is I suspect there are less than 4 people in the world who actually know which one is true and none of them are reporting on this story.
That being the case,it might be a good idea for everyone to take a deep breath and make sure we do the right thing and not just what serves our own egos, just as soon as we can figure out exactly what it is.
And if we err (and we likely will) on whose side do we err, on our or our causes side or the person we are supposedly protecting?