While I've been entrenched in the best ways to pack up a school classroom, and a three-bedroom house; how to find jobs, and make a cross-country move, Congress has been in an uproar over the escapades of Rep. Anthony Weiner. I had a very encouraging conversation with my partner teacher over this tragic national news story today, while dusting bookcases, and turning in room keys.
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
I, for one, will be quicker to look at my own sin, rather than another's, after this conversation today. I have hated, therefore I have killed, my Bible says...I have had lustful thoughts, therefore I have committed adultery. I hope that Rep. Weiner's heart has been humbled, and that somewhere, a Gospel-centered, Grace-based church community will open up their arms to a fellow sinner. There but for the grace of God go we all...
Help us Lord, to see our sin more than we see the sin of our brothers and sisters. Change us, and make us more and more like You. Amen.