Brogden and Guilt
When I found out about John Brogden's attempted suicide last night, I was intensely shocked. His resignation/unseating was something I have been patiently waiting for. I never really liked his small 'l' liberal values. I never really liked him.
So when I read the ABC News Online article detailing his attempt on his life I was shocked and then felt guilty. Only a few days earlier, I had licked me lips at the thought of the NSW Liberals minus Brogden and his acolytes. I was baying for his blood (slight exaggeration).
God doesn't put those he loves through situations they can't handle. Yet, we (me and my 'L' liberal friends) without knowing, were in our own selfish way, putting Brogden under pressure - not directly and not indirectly. Just in our own discussions about him. The media applied the squeeze, particularly pesky News Corp journos asking Brogden late in the evening about 'episodes' he had had with staff members and other females.
Little did we know that it was pressure he couldn't handle.
I pray that John Brogden will find the love of God and the peace he provides, despite the fact that those professing to be of the Light (me included) were bad witnesses. I pray for his wife and son, that they will find the strength and love to help him through and pray for those who have hounded him to, in humility, seek to be reconciled with him.
Politics is not for the faint hearted.