Two and a half hours
- equals the time it took the jury to decide that there was not enough evidence to support a charge of assault and injury.
- equals the amount of time Ms. Osteen delayed the flight on which she caused a fuss over a small liquid spill which started this ball rolling.
Kind of fitting isn’t it? If only the trial had lasted 2 1/2 hours!
The jury’s foreman, Gilles Labbe, said he and other jurors believed what happened on the plane was not an attack but a disagreement between a passenger and one or more flight attendants. “This lawsuit in my opinion should not have been filed because nothing happened,” he said.
Joel Osteen had this to say:
“It’s a great vindication and shows us the faithfulness of God.”
I think it’s important to remember that indeed an incident took place. I’ve read many comments of people who suggest that Ms. Osteen was completely innocent and justified for her behavior. This jury concluded that she is innocent of the assault. I believe she is guilty of making some pretty bad decisions and handling the aftermath of those decisions poorly.
We all make mistakes. We all get ourselves pretty deep in situations where there doesn’t seem any way out. Our ability to admit our mistakes and make some different decisions is called repentance.
The world was watching whether Ms. Osteen would display repentance or continue to behave badly.
We are still waiting.