God endued our father with great wisdom. No matter what difficulty we children encountered, we could always depend on Dad to dispense good advice that was timely and applicable. He had collected many maxims to encapsulate his wisdom that helped us to grasp deep truths. He borrowed most of these from other sources, and I am hoping to develop a devotional using his sayings.
One of his favorite quips was, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” This brief statement reminds us that there are no special classes of people and that the same rules should apply to all. This principle underlies our justice system as well as all other aspects of our constitutional republic and reminds us that there is something inherently unjust with any double standard.
This proverb has been echoing in my mind during the scandals surrounding Virginia’s top three officials. Certainly, we should not rush to judgment but seek the truth and honor appropriate processes.
In the cases of Governor Northam and Attorney General Herring, it seems most unfair to hold their 30-plus-year-old actions against them if all recent indications contradict them. Appropriate confession and repentance are necessary, and if genuine, forgiveness is to be granted.
But this is also true of those of other parties as well. It seems that these instances have been handled very differently than allegations that have forced resignations and terminations of others regardless of their confessions and more current conduct. Geese and ganders should be treated equally regardless of whether their feathers are red or blue.
Regarding Lieutenant Governor Fairfax, every effort should be made to establish the truth just as was done with the confirmation hearings for Judge Kavanaugh. It is most unjust to utilize two differing standards or to handle the cases differently. Both men should be presumed innocent unless proven guilty, but the testimony of accusers should also be fairly heard and weighed impartially. It seems that reasonable people of all parties would agree to this in both situations and that both the geese and ganders from different ponds be treated equitably. Our thoughts and reactions to these similar events can reveal if we care more about the issues involved or our party affiliations.
The biggest issue in this, however, involves all of our imperfect pasts. Not a single person of any party, skin color or religion is without blemish. As Paul reminds us in Romans 3:23, we’ve all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Before cameras, social media and the internet, it was much easier to hide our pasts and pray that no one would ever uncover them. Today, our every move is subject to taping and playback especially for those who are in the public eye.
How many of us would like to have a complete video of our past or present projected onto the media’s screen for all to see? And yet, God’s Word indicates that this is what will happen for all who reject Jesus. Revelation 20 indicates that books of all our deeds will be presented as evidence in our final trial and all of our books contain proof that seals our guilt before a holy God. Imagine the horror of everyone viewing every second of our lives.
On that day, God has promised to treat ganders and geese equally. Anyone (male, female, black, white, rich, poor, Republican, or Democrat, etc.) whose name isn’t written in the Book of Life will receive a sentence of eternal punishment. Thankfully, his offer to forgive and erase all of our sins through Jesus’ death and resurrection is also available to waterfowl of all persuasions. But each gander or goose must make that choice for him or herself while we yet have that opportunity.
If you’ve never done so, ask the lamb of God to write your name in his book of life that you might skip the court date mentioned above. When you do, the videotape of your life is destroyed and Jesus’ perfect one will be played in its place. Thankfully, God treats all geese and ganders equally. Blessings, George