Monday, October 11, 2010

You never know who you'll run into at the airport

A couple of weeks ago when Julia and I were traveling, we had a layover at Washington National Airport in D.C.  You never know who you'll run into at an airport but Congress had just adjourned for the fall and we were in the nation's capital so there was a good chance that we'd see a politician or two.

U.S. Senator Roland Burris

When we got in line to get a sandwich at one of the cafes, I recognized that the person in front of us was Roland Burris, the man who was appointed by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill the vacated senate seat of President Obama. You'll probably also recall that his appointment was tainted by "Gov. Potty Mouth's" claim that this appointment was (adjective omitted) "gold" and he intended to see what he could get in exchange for it.   There were questions as to what Burris promised the now ex-Governor. in exchange for the appointment.  When the woman ahead of Burris in line at the cafe told him that he looked familiar and inquired who he was, he proudly replied, "I'm United States Senator Roland Burris." 

U.S. Senator David Vitter

Shortly after that, we made our way to the gate from which our flight would depart and I noticed that a man also waiting to board that flight was David Vitter, U.S Senator from Louisiana.  You may remember that Vitter was the outspoken "family values" guy who's name and private cell phone number turned up in the "little black book" of the D.C. Madam.  Oops!  The day after that was reported, Vitter, who was also linked to a prostitute in New Orleans, confessed to past indiscretions and declined to comment further.  So much for that whole "family values" thing. 

I'll confess that my initial reaction to recognizing both of them was that I wanted to take a shower.  Both of these guys were pretty sleazy in my book.  But on further reflection, I realized that they are flawed men, just like me.  We may not have done the same things but my short-comings are not reported in the national press.  All of us have made mistakes, all of us are flawed and all of us are in need of forgiveness and grace.

Forgiveness and grace are appropriate when we acknowledge our failures, turn from them and ask for forgiveness.  If this is what God does for me, can I do any less for others?

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