The Huhne-Pryce affair concerning their ‘perverting the course of justice’, has revealed different public attitudes towards them both, ie sympathy from supporters and ridicule from antagonists.
The Christian’s perspective on sin has, through time, sometimes been caricatured as either soft ie forgiveness without justice, or harsh ie justice without mercy. Christ’s Golden Rule ie “do to others as you would have them do to you” offers much wisdom, doesn’t it? We might shudder at another of his sayings: “How can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” (Mt 7:4) The little bit of humility in us will say “There but for the grace of God go I!” or “God be merciful to me a sinner!”
Of course, Christians believe in God as everyone’s final judge, and that justice must be served, probably imperfectly in this life, but perfectly and appropriately in the next. So, it is good to walk with humility before one another, perhaps necessarily making judgments, but never being judgmental in our hearts, minds and conduct.
Let us cherish justice tempered with mercy as our Christ-like ideal.
Rev Nic Hasnip
Long Sutton Baptist Church