Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Church Matters

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Church Matters

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Byline: By Francis Wood

It's back to basics this week, with Geoff Hoon and Samantha Marson the chief witnesses. He's the Defence Secretary and she's the student who put the whole of Miami International Airport on high alert by declaring that she was carrying three bombs. Each one had a problem saying "sorry".

Any child in our Sunday school could have given assistance. They all know that when you do something wrong, there are three parts to forgiveness. Mr Hoon says that we all have lessons to learn from the Iraqi War. So far, so good. Then let him learn this one.

First he must identify the wrongdoing and accept responsibility. Second, he must say "sorry" to those he has hurt and third, he must determine not to do it again. It's not easy, Mr Hoon, and we can all see you have a problem.

Perhaps you think it's not your fault that Sergeant Steve Roberts died in Iraq? Well, you are responsible for the good practice of your department. That is your job. That is what you are paid to do and the buck stops with you.

The widow of Sgt Roberts is still waiting for the secretary of state's acceptance of responsibility. It is reported that he is sorry the sergeant died. But aren't we all sorry? Of course we are, but we were not responsible. We didn't send him unprepared into the firing line, so we don't need to say "sorry", except as brothers and sisters to the widow.

When Mr Hoon says "sorry" for what he has done, he can be forgiven. It really is a basic lesson, but even God cannot forgive someone who is not sorry for what he has done wrong. Some people find they are unable to seek forgiveness and that if only they were able to, the world would be a better place. Mr Hoon must therefore determine not to do the same again and we can be sure there'll be rejoicing in Heaven. But we're still waiting for the word "sorry".

As for Samantha, let us rejoice with her that she has learned her lesson. …

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