blasting Blago


Resisting the temptation to write a funny or sarcastic entry about the current mess created by our Illinois governor is tough. Sometimes laughing is the only way to keep from crying and what we’ve seen and heard revealed these past few days about our state leadership is quite disheartening.

It’s easy to pass judgment and viciously attack the governor for his lack of ethics. Whenever a leader in any context fails we all quickly jump on the band wagon of derision. We not only condemn behavior, suddenly we feel it’s ok to attack more personal elements of a person like his dress, looks, or coiffure. Some how this enhances our own self-esteem.

All of this has been my inclination and I’m struggling against it…not because I endorse the governor…I mean, his actions clearly demonstrate arrogance, greed and deception. BUT when haven’t I struggled with such things? Aren’t these common issues we all exhibit at times in our lives? Yet it feels good to point them out in others while the same vices remain in us as our little secrets. Labeling, condemning and judging in order to feel better about ourselves is not helpful and certainly not what Jesus taught. In fact, Jesus said when we judge others, we judge ourselves.

Again, I’m not suggesting we all close our eyes and not hold leaders accountable for their behavior – I’m just saying we should do it with humility. Perhaps rather than arrogantly prey on the governor, each of us should humbly pray for him – keeping in mind…
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” [Proverbs 16:18]

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