We see things not as they are, but as we are.

Gov. Elliot Spitzer

Gov. Eliot Spitzer

I guess by now most everyone has heard the news on Gov. Spitzer in New York. It appears that when he was New York State Attorney General that he set his heart to clean up all the graft and corruption that had plagued the state of New York… nothing wrong with that until we see that things are not as one expected, at least looking at it from the perspective of the Governor.

Reminds me of a story that happened in the Bible.  King David was reigning over Israel and the scripture testifies that David was a mighty man and a man after God’s own heart. But sin was found in that same heart. He saw and desired a woman, the woman was the wife of another man, Uriah the Hittite. King David sent unto Bathsheba that he might sleep with her and from that point in the story, it goes down hill from here. The story ends up with Bathsheba pregnant and in order to cover his wicked deed, David ends up having Uriah set at the front in the heat of the battle where he is killed. He then takes Bathsheba to wife. So God sends the prophet Nathan the prophet of God to uncover David’s sin and bring the sin to light.

Consider Nathan’s meeting with King David taken from the scripture-

“And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”  2 Samuel 12:1-6

Now none of us would have any trouble seeing the fault of this rich man in taking this poor man’s one little ewe lamb… the only one that he had, and a pet at that. David had no trouble with seeing the fault of this rich man’s selfish error yet he could not discern the error of his own way in desiring and taking Bathsheba and having her husband set for the destruction.

I have found this to be true in all of our society and this appears to be what we see in the case of Governor Elliot Spitzer of New York, he has no trouble seeing the error and corruption of others but has no trouble overlooking the error of his own way. We see things not as they are, but the way we are.

The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked who can know it?

malachi

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