Opinion

Broad is still a human being

By Riverine Herald

THE headlines in recent times have been dominated by politician, Andrew Broad, who apparently has been ‘caught in the act’.

In these situations it becomes hard to detect what is fact and what is fiction, but regardless, misdemeanours of some kind have taken place.

What has transpired is sad all round.

These have taken a toll on Andrew politically, he’s already fallen on his sword.

Presumably though, these actions will have an ongoing effect, not only on him, but his family too. It must really feel like a nightmare for all concerned.

In my younger days, I had a fair bit of interaction with Andrew.

He is a talented musician and we played together at a number of events. I remember these times fondly, as Andrew had a very likeable personality.

He was always friendly and engaging.

I considered him to be a mate. Therefore, I find no joy in hearing of the happenings. The reported actions, of course, are unacceptable.

Yet what I refuse to do with him, or anyone else caught up in a scandal, is to write them off as a human being.

A woman was brought to Jesus Christ with the express purpose of getting her identity stamped with the word, ‘condemned’.

The religious guys who had her cornered were sure that Jesus would label her with that tag.

They had her on toast, she too had been ‘caught in the act’, adultery that is.

The circling critics were more than ready to totally write her off.

The law at the time demanded death by stoning, and they were eager to get the execution party started. They could smell blood.

It’s quite easy to sit back and take pot shots at people who have failed. But Jesus never took that easy option; His response was far more profound.

Jesus refused to publicly crucify the person at fault (no pun intended), but neither did He let them off the hook.

They’re the two extremes, but usually both are unhelpful. In John 8 Jesus gave a masterful lesson of how to handle somebody’s failure. His principle was: give grace in public and truth in private.

Jesus stunned the faultfinders who wanted to take this woman out, by agreeing to the commencement of her public massacre.

They could get proceedings underway immediately, with one simple condition: that all those throwing stones were themselves flawless.

“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her”, Jesus said (John 8:7).

That was the grace part, done in public. Jesus rescued her from the accusers because they soon realised their predicament.

Apparently, they were underqualified to throw stones. The hateful crowd soon dissipates, and she stands alone with Jesus.

Jesus didn’t overlook her mistakes however; the women in question was strongly challenged with a few home truths.

But Jesus was respectful enough to bring the correction without spectators, that part was best done in private.

Jonathon Schroder, New Life Baptist Church