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What were we thinking?

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Dear Members and Friends,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to our service this coming Lord's Day!  
A few years back, two Atlanta radio personalities were fired for their on-air mocking of former Saints football player Steve Gleason who has ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Gleason was a Saint's icon and even has a statue of his on-field heroics outside the New Orleans Superdome. He lives in a wheelchair and speaks through a computer.
They made fun of him, parodied his situation, and someone role-played Steve speaking of his coming death and such.
It was the ultimate in offensive.
Later, one of the terminated men said, 'What were we thinking?" They both apologized and Gleason said he accepted their apology.
One of the men called it "a moronic two minutes."
No argument. What's more we can all sympathize.
I have had a few moronic two minutes in my long lifetime as a son, brother, father, husband and pastor. No need for me to relate them. Trust me, we've all been there.
Impulsive humor is often repulsive humor. Impulsive anger has caused a boat load of problems.  I heard of a man who owned racehorses growing exasperated because a prize stallion kept fading in the stretch and failing to win. In a burst of anger, the owner took a shotgun and killed the horse on the spot.
Impulsive buying by a husband or wife has ruined many a marriage. Impulsive anything, come to think of it, can be scary.
When any of us have such a meltdown, there is no substitute to the basic Christian steps all of God's people are asked to do when they sin.  Here's some helpful reminders: 
1) Repent.
2) Confess.  Do not try to justify it.  Even to explain it - "I was under a lot of stress" - comes across like an attempt to approve it.
3) Apologize to our victims and the spectators.  An apology is never a lame "If I offended you..." or even "I'm sorry if you were hurt by what I did."  Man up here and get it right: "I was wrong. Please forgive me."
4) Restore or repay, to the extent you can.
5) Learn from it.
6) Now, get up and try again. Do not park by your failures, do not grovel in your failings, and do not camp out on your weaknesses. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, including overcoming this failing.
7) Put it behind you now and be pro-active for the future.  Anticipate moments and situations that could be stressful and prepare. Pray!
You are not perfect and never will be in this life. But the Lord deserves servants who strive to please Him in all we do.
"Set a guard upon my mouth, O Lord. Keep watch over the door of my lips" (Psalm 141:3).
See you Sunday!
In the light of His glory and grace,
Pastor Doug