Bob McAlister sent me this heads-up about an entry on his blog:
Brad: I hope that my latest post on Ravenel (Leave the stones on the ground) gets passed around somehow for one reason: I want Ravenel to see it. You never know what God will do with something as innocuous
as a blog.
While I urge you to go to his blog and read it there and comment, for you slackers, here’s the full text of the post:
Leave the stones on the ground
They’re picking up the stones.
Now that The State has confirmed Thomas Ravenel is entering a drug treatment
program, bloggers and partisan alike will be aiming for his head. Count me out. I did not support him and do not know him, but I’m not fit to condemn him. Neither is anyone else.
Condemn his actions? Yes. Express outrage that he violated a public trust? Yes. But condemn a fallen man? No. Every individual is capable of doing terrible things.
If he is an addict and did what he is accused of, he should resign from office and take his punishment. But he should also understand that God’s grace and forgiveness await him if only he accepts it, and that a new life filled with infinite possibilities can be his future.
That’s my hope and prayer for him. As for the stone throwers, Jesus has a message for you (John 8:7). Look it up.
I agree. Thomas Ravenel seeks healing, and may God grant it to him. In the meantime, the criminal justice system should grind on, and should deal with him as it would with anyone.
And yes, most certainly, now that he has made this acknowledgment, he should resign so that a permanent treasurer can take his place.