I have a confession to make. It’s not that I was one of the majority who voted John Howard out of office a couple of weeks ago. I did indeed vote for someone else. But my absolute delight in seeing the Prime Minister defeated was filled more with a sense of vengeful justice than with grace. My pastor said something about this on Sunday that spoke to me. He said that despite being glad that Howard was defeated, the Christian part of him felt sympathy for him as, after all, he gave his life to the service of the public for his country. That spoke to me because that wasn’t my attitude. I was filled with glee that this man who I saw as one who has deceived the Australian public for so many years had finally got his just desserts, and what better way to top it off than to have the total humiliation of losing his own seat. I enjoyed the fact that he was completely humiliated. That is not the attitude of Christ and it is this that I confess and repent of. God give me the grace to accept life with humility when things do go my way, and not to gloat.
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