Recently, I came across an article about actor Bob Saget and his former co-star, the embattled Lori Loughlin. I defended Loughlin in an article for USA Today, so I was interested in what Saget might say about her. Here was someone else, I thought, who sensed the lynch mob public mentality, and was self-righteously piling on Loughlin to get his own headline.
But that’s not what Saget did at all.
Instead, he stood by Loughlin: “I love the people I love, and as people go through life, stuff happens. I have empathy for people. I don’t cut them out. I consider myself lucky to have any friends.”
Saget didn’t justify anything Loughlin has been accused of doing. I emphasize accused because these days due process is utterly absent as prosecutors pollute potential jury pools by leaking damning information to media in an attempt to win the case before it ever reaches court. They want Loughlin tried in social media, by TMZ and People Magazine, and by the professional gossips on The View. They want to apply pressure, to terrify, to win at all costs.
For his own part, Saget didn’t attack anyone. He just said that he loved her and would be her friend no matter what. I loved that. I don’t know if Saget is a believer or not, but he reflected the character of our Lord in that statement, and it took courage to say it when the public has been whipped into a frenzy of hate against this woman and her family.
Most of us have had a Bob Saget or two in our lives. People who proved to be friends to us and who ministered to us when we were down. Embarrassingly, sometimes they are people to whom we have not been as good a friend as they have proved to be to us. Such is the humility of the Gospel.
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