Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top commander in AfghanistanFrom Rev. Barb's mail, today, ahhhhhh......
Don't you just LOVE IT when prudence, common sense and JUSTICE prevail? It doesn't happen often enough for my taste, but I'll take whatever we can get!
Too bad freelance Rolling Stone writer Michael Hastings' apparent lack of discretion has now likely adversely affected the total future of 'embedded journalism'. Hastings could be a 'poster boy' for those believing they'll never be held accountable for anything.
It 'felt good...so he did it', you know? At least I'll give him credit for not acting 'Anonymously' like so many creeps writing in cyberspace do.
But none of us is without sin and we are capable of 'rebooting ourselves' if we choose to do so. The Pentagon investigation may well reveal additional unfavorable Intel about our writer here, but he may yet get that 'sweet second chance'.
If he is contrite and truly repentant, he will deserve it and God will provide for it. But if Hastings has a 'Michael Moore Schmarty Pants Mindset', he'll be enjoying the 'pseudo second chance' of those who are as irreverent as he is.
They're the ones who feel free to broadcast their truths, while 'outting others' who dare to speak theirs. In McCrystal's case, it turned out to be what sounds like informal Happy Hour guy-talk, of surprise to no one. Why Hastings chose to make this a national security issue makes me suspect that he was trying to implement his own 'progressive-lib censorship'. They figure if they don't like what we say, they simply 'shut us up'. As if.
As always, time will tell all here.. I pray for Michael Hastings for the best possible outcome for him and for his loved ones after this fiasco which has up heaved his life. It goes without saying that I have been praying all along for General McChrystal and his family and staff, too.
The Bible tells us in Proverbs 2:7, "He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless." (NIV) Theologically, this refers to those with spiritual and moral integrity, and not those who are literally 'blameless'.
No one is perfect. We are told that the person who fears the Lord is one who listens to, respects, and abides by God's rules for us. Those who do so will find His favor, a promise offered to everyone who is willing to try to do his or her 'very best'--a thing not so easy to do, in all cases.
In the end, 'the Hastings legacy', at the very least, will be that he could have 'been his so-truthful-self' in a much more honorable way. But maybe I'm being too hard on him since the poor guy shot himself in the foot, but good.
I just hope that the pain of his self-inflicted injury does not embitter Hastings, prompting more recklessness and foster vindictiveness of some sort. I pray that this serves rather as a 'turning point' and that Hastings is eventually able to move past this whole thing.
We can look to that possibility with welcome relief considering the sad state of journalism in America today.
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"
The author of the Rolling Stone article that ended the military career of Gen. Stanley McChrystal has been denied permission to join U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan. The rejection came as the Pentagon ramped up an internal investigation into the circumstances behind some of the most salacious material used in the Rolling Stone article.
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