Speaking about a political adversary, Winston Churchill is quoted as saying “He has all of the virtues I dislike, and none of the vices I admire.” While Churchill’s wit is legendary, so is his leaning toward various guilty pleasures, so it’s possible he spoke this with some truth.
For the past few weeks I’ve been asking myself, “Do I admire human vices?” In a way I think I do. It’s not that I esteem the acts themselves. What I respect are individuals who aren’t afraid to admit their shortcomings and genuinely ask for help.
Frankly, too many religious people pretend to have no vices. (I know better.) Oh sure, there’s the occasional reference to a generic flaw, usually said with a chuckle. But when it comes to getting down to the nitty gritty, they just don’t go there.
Like Sir Winston, I admire those who are out front with their vices. The good news is that once those struggles meet the Light, there’s hope for them to be overcome. At least that’s my experience… and I’ve got a lot of it.