Chris Huhne, from today, not longer fit to be a minister in our eyes. Likewise John Terry, unable to be England’s Football Team Captain. We don’t know them as people, unless we have read their biographies, or learned about them from people who know them and have been able to relay that knowledge fairly and effectively.
Jesus managed his own reputation. He didn’t give in to adulation, he ordered people whom he had helped not to tell others, and he expected people to simply go and live freely, not to become his canvassers or team members.
‘I know where I come from,’ he told the challenged religious of his day, as they were trying to tarnish his reputation, and to make the spin stick that he was of the devil. He never doubted who he was.
People struggle to manage their public persona, which is not entirely under their control, and their actual identity.
Jesus says how tragic it is when someone gains the whole world, but loses their soul, the essence of who they are.
When the prodigal son returns, the father explains to his other son that his brother was lost, and now ‘is found.’ Only the Father can make us fundamentally ‘found.’
I hope Mr Terry and Mr Huhne become found. Then what we or the courts think of them won’t matter to them.
And, ironically, we all need that freedom and forgiveness to be able to fulfil the expectations placed upon us.
But that was yesterday’s blog…