LETTER: Don’t oppose the business because of the circumstance

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A few weeks ago The Spencer Magnet published an article on the front page about a local businessman that had been arrested and charged with the unlawful subjection of two women to sexual contact without their consent. Whether these charges are trumped up, or legitimate, I do not know; I could speculate, but what difference will it make? The charges and arrest have been made and The Spencer Magnet did its job.
I commend you for upholding the truth, even when it is difficult to do so, especially in light of the fact that you published a story about this particular man’s business in a spotlight on the front page of the B section in August 2012. But as a result of this information becoming public, his business and employees are paying the price.
As often seen within our community some people’s crimes and shortcomings tend to be overlooked because they fall into the “good ol’ boy” category of politics and economics. I do not believe that as a society we can overlook injustice for the sake of protecting one’s integrity – whether politician, businessman, or otherwise – and that truth must prevail. That does not mean, however, that we cannot continue loving, and hoping, for the better of each and every person.
The Bible teaches that we should hate the sin but love the sinner. I include myself in the list of sinners because the Bible also teaches that none of us is without sin. As a Christian, I do not feel that I can rightly oppose this man’s business because of the circumstances that led to his arrest. Instead, I have chosen to continue my support for at least two reasons.
First, I believe in second chances. The Bible teaches that we love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19). Had it not been for the kind and generous love of God in not sparing his son but sending him in my place, I would not know this love that God has for me. As the Apostle Paul said, I am the worst of sinners. This man may have done wrong, and there may be a price he will have to pay for his actions, but I will continue to love in spite – because what Christ did for me in love he has likewise commanded that I do for others – love.
Second, regardless if this man will be found guilty, his employees are innocent – employees which have families to support and mouths to feed. In essence, to refuse giving them my business is to refuse to support the income and welfare of many innocent people. To this I ask, which is the greater good: to hold it against this man by refusing to patronize his business, or to continue showing your love and support in spite of the recent circumstances in an effort to show the loving kindness this community is known for?
As for me, I have decided to continue conducting business with him as I have in the past. I would like to encourage you to consider the words of Jesus when he spoke to the woman that had been accused of sexual immorality, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone” (John 8:7).

Michael Waits