So President Obama has decided not to attend the funeral of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Is this notable? I would say so.
A man’s character is defined by his actions, which stem from the condition of his heart. This is easy to understand and while not all agree on the definition of good or bad, everyone knows that what flows out of a person depends on the well inside being drawn upon.
An example. A man co-owns a large company with a partner he doesn’t really get along with. This partner has been there much longer than he, 30 plus years to his 7. This 30+ year partner is passionate about the company and has had an enormous impact on its direction. While not all agree with his strategy, the man’s high intellect and good cheer endeared him to many.
This long-standing co-owner dies unexpectedly, shocking everyone and leaving a huge hole with his passing. Funeral plans are made and people scurry about to make arrangements to attend. The co owner with just seven years under his belt however, will not be there.
Why? Was it because the two differed over how to run the company? Were fundamental principles disagreed on so much that the paying of respects just could not be done?
More than likely yes, but good Lord, WHY NOT GO? Such a small gesture it would be with such huge dividends.
It seems really petty on the outset, doesn’t it? A man who can’t bring himself to rise above differences to attend a funeral of a long time employee because of philosophical differences? What kind of leader is that? Especially one that rides such a high horse while preaching civility and complaining about how divided our society has become.
Small and petty come to mind.
“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. Luke 6:45