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Brazening it out


We love to judge, don't we? And we know that Jesus told us not to, don't we? So where does this leave us when it comes to a certain senior Government advisor? 

Maybe it helps to remember just how angry Jesus became with those in positions of (religious) authority who failed to live up to the rules they imposed on others. "Woe to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not lift a finger to ease them." (Luke 11:46) Not quite the same scenario, true, but if hypocrisy is the target, then - bullseye!

I'm not sure where to draw the line, in this case, between genuine anxiety for your family's health and the casual arrogance of the rule-breaker. But one thing is clear: the many people who have made sacrifices - with difficult and sometimes heartbreaking consequences - have every right to be infuriated by someone who appears to see nothing beyond his own immediate need.

And the "instinct" argument may be an explanation, but it is no excuse. In the words of John Inge, Bishop of Worcester: "The PM tells us that Cummings "followed the instinct of every father" ... The point is that thousands and thousands of parents, including me, have not been able to follow their instincts because they felt they had to obey the rules!"

And another thing, maybe the main thing, given that we're all capable of hypocrisy and should therefore be wary of judging others for it, is the failure to apologise. But then it's hard to apologise when your career depends on insisting you've done nothing wrong. I suspect the main reason politicians are disliked and distrusted is that they never say sorry. 

Essentially, the anger that's flying about at the moment comes from a sense of injustice. Something is "off" here, and we don't like the pretence that it's all fine, really. Being alert to injustice, and being determined to point it out, as loud and long as necessary, isn't judging - it's being truthful.

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