A meme started to appear on my social media toward the end of April. It simply read, “May she rot in Hell.”
It took me a few minutes to realize it was referring to Carolyn Bryant, the grocery store proprietor who falsely accused a 14-year-old teenager, Emmett Till, of unwanted sexually suggested remarks.
Her accusation led her husband and her half-brother to savagely beat the youngster, shoot him in the head and throw him into the Tallahatchie River with a 70-pound industrial fan tied around his neck.
What she did was horrific, and I have no intention of minimizing or excusing her complicity with this satanic deed. And yet, I remained troubled by what appears to be a celebration of her eternal torture.
Why am I disturbed? If there is a hell, and if those claiming to be Christians are called to unconditional love, then is desiring a person to burn for all eternity something to celebrate?
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