Brock Turner, do you feel anything yet?
Witch Melanie Hexan and 12 of her coven sisters hope he does. On Tuesday, they held a Facebook event that put a hex on Turner, the Stanford University swimmer who was recently sentenced to six months for sexual assault. The curse, which has since been taken down, read, “Brock Allen Turner we hex you. You will be impotent. You will know constant pain of pine needles in your guts. Food will bring you no sustenance. In water, your lungs will fail you. Sleep will only bring nightmares. Shame will be your mantle. You will meet justice.”
Hexan believes the spell will take, as she claims to be “a really experienced, powerful witch.” More than 1000 people participated in the online event, which the Iowan belly-dancer and midwife believes is an expression of outrage over such a lenient sentence.
Another woman chose to bless Turner rather than curse him. She wrote him a letter, saying, “Your life is not over, you have decades of years ahead to rewrite your story…Right now your name is tainted, so I challenge you to make a new name for yourself, to do something so good for the world, it blows everyone away. You have a brain and a voice and a heart. Use them wisely. You possess immense love from your family. That alone can pull you out of anything. Mine has held me up through all of this. Yours will hold you and you will go on.
I believe, that one day, you will understand all of this better. I hope you will become a better, more honest person who can properly use this story to prevent another story like this from ever happening again. I fully support your journey to healing, to rebuilding your life, because that is the only way you’ll begin to help others.”
Who is this woman? The victim of Turner’s assault, who read the letter in court. I don’t know if this woman is a Christian, but her words certainly reflect the graciousness of our Lord. Jesus said, “…I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:27-28).
Sometimes I wonder if I could dig down deep and find such forgiveness if a family member was hurt by someone else’s neglect or malice. I would hope so. The alternative is to live miserably, cursing someone who needs the mercy of Christ just like I do. Darkness cannot chase away darkness. Only the light can do that.
I am not saying that forgiveness is easy. What I am saying is that it is essential if we are to live freely and happily, as God intends.
Choose forgiveness. Choose it right now.