Do you remember a few years ago when “Miss California” made national news when she failed to give a “politically correct” answer a question about homosexual marriage? Because she stated that she believed marriage was to be between a man and a woman, she lost her chance at the title of “Miss USA,” but was hailed by conservatives as a paragon of virtue.
When this happened I wrote an article cautioning those who were ready to treat her as the new “pin-up” for morality. The reason for my caution was because I saw an inconsistency in holding up a women who parades herself in a bikini, to be scrutinized by onlookers, as a model for morality. But because she answered a question that fit one group’s agenda, other aspects of her life were overlooked. As circumstances had it, shortly after gaining national attention, several embarrassing photos of this young lady were published, and people had to take down their new “pin-up.”
Fast Forward…Just this past week, riots took place in the city of Baltimore. One scene from those riots has been played on all the networks and has gone viral on the internet. It is a short profanity laden video clip of a mother wildly flailing away at her son, smacking him in the face and head for his involvement in the riots. This mother has been interviewed by major networks on national television and praised her for her “beat down” of her son. “We need more mother’s like her,” is what we’re being told. In fact, she’s even being called, “The Mother of the Year” in Baltimore.
Again, I offer words of caution. While we need good mothers and fathers to hold up as role models, are we sure this woman’s actions are the model we want to extol? Cursing at her son, wildly swinging and repeatedly hitting her sixteen-year-old son in the head and face? Don’t be so anxious to see a parent take responsibility for her child that we endorse as virtuous what in reality is shameful.
These two examples should serve to remind us that we may have “blind spots.” We may have an agenda we believe in so strongly that we latch onto the first thing we think might support it, only to later be forced to let it go. As a dog owner, I have had the experience of grilling out and accidentally dropping a hotdog. Before I could retrieve it, my dog would spring into action and grab it, only to very quickly have to let go of it because it was so hot. I’m just saying we need to be more discerning that my pet. While we all have agendas that are important to us, we must be mindful of our blinds spots.