By Chris Brennan
Walk a mile in their shoes
With all the news of politicians pushing the boundaries of their ultimately self-prescribed entitlements, it is easy to become disillusioned with those who lead us. It is equally disturbing that the accusers appear equally guilty.
The media went into overdrive as politician after politician squirmed uncomfortably under the scrutiny. But, as I was watching this unfold, I began to wonder how many of the journalists so seriously reporting these events would also struggle if each decision they made, each action they took, was held up to public scrutiny?
Could they easily say that they have not been guilty of using their very responsible positions to further their own agendas or goals?
But we can't stop there either can we? How many of us could say that we wouldn't do the same thing if we had the same resources and opportunities?
How many of us work every minute of every hour that we owe our employers, have never kept a "borrowed" pen, or declared every last bit of our income to the tax office?
You see, it is always easy for us to observe and react to the moral failures of others while ignoring or down playing our own. In the Bible, there is an account of a woman caught out morally and those who caught her, dragged her, (and notably not her partner in the act), before Jesus. They were seeking to trap Jesus by using the law, knowing that His compassion for people would have Him seeking to care even for the morally broken. His answer was telling them, "let any one of you who is without sin, be the first to throw a stone at her".
And away they all went, one by one, until Jesus spoke again asking the woman, 'where are they?".'
"Has no one condemned you?"
"No one sir", she said.
For me, here is the bite, because actually there was one there able to claim no sin and to strike her down.
Jesus said, "Then neither do I condemn you.
"Go now and leave your life of sin".
Even in our disappointment with others, we have to admit our own failings, and we have to recognise there is one who sees all, and can hold all of us to account for them.
And yet that one is full of compassion and mercy rather than condemnation, not compromise you will note, as He bids all of us to leave our lives of sin too. He works to save us from the relational and deathly consequences of sin.