Eric Schneiderman, New York’s Attorney General has been one who has made it his business to tweet against President Trump in many, many areas–from his immigration bans to his military transgender policy. All the while he also was a spokesperson for the #MeToo movement that has given voice to many women who have been sexually abused. However, yesterday AG Schneiderman was accused by four women of being abusive: verbally and physically. The NYAG made a statement that while he has done consentual role-playing he has never sexually assaulted anyone. As of late last night, Eric Schneiderman made an announcement that he would retire at the end of business day.
I am not seeking to play politics at all. I am simply giving a quick synopsis of what has transpired so quickly. And in so doing, seek to remember those words of Christ: “Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye,” (Matthew 7:3-4, ESV)? Politics is politics and everyone jumps on the latest bandwagon and gets as much distance out of it as they can. In a frenzy to gain political capital, politicians often do not think about their own historical (or present) situation, but only about exploiting an opponent’s weakness. And let’s be honest, President Trump has had many morally weak moments in life.
It is easier to see these sins in others than it is in ourselves. We often turn a blind eye to the actions of those whom we love. And whom do we love most, but ourselves? It is human (and sinful) nature to turn a blind eye to our own actions and concentrate fully on the actions of others. When we do that, we become hypocrites. A hypocrite does two acts: he pretends to be better than who he is, and he puts others under his judgment. Others must live up to his law, but he doesn’t have to do so himself. This is why Jesus called these “eye-beamed” people hypocrites. “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
Notice that one cannot see clearly–see the truth of the matter–why he/she is still in the center of it themselves. A person must remove himself/herself from whatever sin they are in, in order to help the person out. So if Mr. Scheiderman had received help for his “role-playing,” and abuses, so that now he is an exemplary gentleman who treats women with dignity, then he can see clearly enough to help (not point fingers and accuse and belittle, but help) President Trump out with his situation (if he is still in his situation).
Often people believe it is hypocritical to point others in a different direction than the direction that they have taken themselves. That’s not hypocrisy. It is not hypocritical to come to the realization that you have made mistakes, taken wrong turns, made wrong and harmful choices, learned from it, and try to keep others from doing the same. That’s what we all should be doing. But it is hypocritical for those who are still in the midst of these sins, wrongs, mistakes, etc. to lambaste another person for being in the same boat as they.
People may hold politicians to a lower standard than others because it’s…well it’s just politics. It’s part of the game. They all do it. Both sides are not immune to hypocrisy. That’s true. They both do it, but our double-standard is just as sinful as their hypocrisy. God does not hold people to varying standards. He holds them accountable to His law. As Christians we ought to do the same.
I am not attempting to lambaste Mr. Schneider (or President Trump). I hope it has not come across as such. I am simply wanting to remind us that as believers in Jesus, we must be very, very careful about the words that come out of our mouths or from our finger tips. We have been called to help, pray for/over, and lead. Even when John the Baptist confronted Herod in public, he confronted him to his face and not behind his back.
Christian brothers and sisters, let us be known for our holiness. Let us be known for our love. Let us be known, then, for our holy love. May people see our good works and give glory to our Father in heaven.
What do you think? Am I wrong? Let me know your thoughts and opinions by replying back. I’d love to hear from you. All I ask is for respectfulness from everyone.