With the passing of Jean Stapleton, some television networks have been running episodes of “All in the Family”. It’s a show from the 1970’s, and Jean Stapleton played the part of Edith. Edith was a character most people could appreciate and enjoy. I never read it, but my mom had a book entitled Edith the Good, so I always think of her that way in my head.
I had recorded a few episodes, and my mom and I watched three tonight. Before tonight, I mostly recall Archie’s gruffness and couldn’t wait for an episode with their daughter Gloria. She seemed to add more fun and activity to the show, instead of the Archie and Edit just sitting in their chairs. This evening, watching these few episodes, I learned just how amazing Edith’s character was!
The last of the episodes we watched included a lesbian couple. In all her years, Edith had not realized her cousin was a lesbian with a partner of many decades. When she learned the truth, her first words were, “I wish you hadn’t told me.” At seeing how hurt her cousin’s partner was, she explained that she was so very sorry to know how much the woman was now suffering at the loss of her partner.
Of course Archie found out, he was his usual negative self. Yet Edith used an argument that has been made for decades (probably centuries), “You’re not God.” You see, Archie said that he needed to judge as God would judge. But Edith reminded him that he was not God. Only God can judge as God judges.
Morale of the Story: In some areas, we haven’t made much progress since the 1970’s.
Dear Lord, please forgive us. Amen.