Wednesday, April 25, 2012

We can (and should) Forgive Even Politicians

My town is experiencing a bit of a crisis as a politician has admitted to a lapse in judgement in using the Library credit card for his personal, quite prolific spending habits.  He has apologized and claims to have repaid all money owing, although new revelations are breathlessly reported in the mainstream media daily.

He's taking quite a hard knock in the social media.  He's young, ambitious and frankly, a nice guy.  Well connected and savvy, he's respected (or until now, he was.)

Elected officials have the expectation to intense scrutiny but no person should reasonably have to endure what this young man is going through.  Criticism, disappointment, even anger; these are understandable reactions on the part of his constituents.

Glee at his plight, unwarranted speculation borne of malice and nurtured by ignorance, and attacks on his character are not Christian, not helpful and certainly not what we would wish on ourselves or a family member.

The councilman will answer for his error and decide if he'd like to finish his term, provided he is not found guilty of a crime (at this point there do not appear to be charges pending).   After that, it's up to the electorate if his political career continues or ends, if he decides to run.

A little forgiveness and a whole lot of prayer on his behalf is what he needs from us in the meantime.  There but for the grace of God go any of us.  Christ knows how difficult it is to endure such public humiliation.

No really; Christ knows.

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