Woman Generously Smiles at Smoker

Written by Chrissy Benson

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

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Love the sinner, hate the sin, is Lexi Rourke's Jesus-informed attitude toward smokers.

In a moment of heightened benevolence facilitated in part by an unexpectedly clear and sunny day, Lexi Rourke of Nashville, Tennessee, temporarily abandoned her personal policy of polite but unmistakable censure of users of tobacco and nicotine products and generously flashed a smile at a man smoking a cigarette outside her work building.

"It was an impulsive decision," said Lexi of her atypical lapse into smoker-friendliness.  "It don't regret it, exactly. I do hope it didn't encourage him, though."

Lexi, a Christian, explained that she believes that the body is a temple, and she does her best to convey this attitude through the unsmiling glances of disapproval she generally flashes at people smoking cigarettes. "But Jesus did say to love the sinner, hate the sin," she said. "Maybe I'm becoming more Jesus-like. I can only hope!"

Lexi noted that, unfortunately, on this particular occasion, the startled object of her Christian benevolence wasn't able to return her smile, as she'd caught him mid-drag.

"But, hey, I tried," she said. "That's all we can do, right?"

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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