Admittedly, Mayor Ken Murphy’s arrest is troubling and there are issues that he does need to deal with, but I am disgusted by the comments recently heard from fellow Christians. While many have been busy passing judgment, it seemed to me there might be other points which should be considered.
For months now, I have been meeting every Tuesday morning with Mayor Murphy at his request. He asked if I would take part in an accountability prayer group to support him and keep him lifted in prayer while also holding him accountable to Biblical principle. During this time, I have seen struggles, but I have also seen continued devotion to endeavoring to be a better person and a better Christian. Is that job done? No ... far from it. And the same can be said about each and everyone of us.
During the recent fires, while working at the local evacuation center, I was touched when Mayor Murphy sat down on more than one occasion to pray with victims who had just lost their homes and everything they owned. It was then I saw him openly weeping with these people. His heart of compassion for others was obvious.
Scripture lends perspective for any fellow Christians who still feel inclined to judge.
Galatians Chapter 6
1. Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
2. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
3. If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
4. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else,
10. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Or how about Matthew 7 where it says...
1. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
There is more I would like to say, but the Roundup says I can only have 400 words to say it. In conclusion, I thank God for my good friend, Ken Murphy.
Randy Roberson, Payson