At his final tour stop in Columbus, Ohio, for his latest book release, Everything You Need, Dr. David Jeremiah drew from powerful recent examples of forgiveness in his message to those in attendance. He shared the heartwarming example from the brother of Botham Jean and from the pastor who lost his wife and several members of his congregation at the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015.
At his event in Columbus and at most of his other destinations, Dr. Jeremiah shared the now- infamous video footage of the brother of Botham Jean taking the stand in the trial of former police officer Amber Guyger, who mistakenly gunned down Botham in his own apartment. In an unprecedented move in the courtroom, Botham’s brother Brandt told Guyger he forgives her and even wishes she could be spared of her prison sentence. With tears in his eyes, he then proceeded to step down from the witness stand and embrace Guyger as the two wept together. Dr. Jeremiah called it “one of the greatest examples of forgiveness I’ve ever seen in my life.”
After the stunning courtroom embrace, the judge presiding over the case, Tammy Kemp, spoke with Guyger informally after the trial. Kemp was seen handing Guyger her Bible. “I wish that were the end of the story, but it’s not,” Dr. Jeremiah told his audience. He informed them that soon after, the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit against the judge for bringing Christianity into the Justice Department. “I think the Justice Department could stand a little Christianity, don’t you?” Dr. Jeremiah exclaimed to thundering applause.
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