Imagine being a lawyer in the White House. That place must be the mother of all pressure cookers. Perhaps this is why White House attorneys fall by the wayside. Vincent Foster was one. His suicide note is revealing. “I was not meant for the job or the spotlight of public life in Washington. Here, ruining people is considered sport.” Foster no doubt felt terrible guilt. He knew of no other way to alleviate the pain than ending his life.
Another White House counsel went to jail for crimes committed in the Watergate scandal under President Richard Nixon. He too can no longer practice law. His name is Charles Colson. When he received the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion he said, “I speak as one transformed by Jesus Christ, the living God. He is the way, the truth, and the life. He has lived in me for 20 years. His presence is the sole explanation for whatever is praiseworthy in my work, the only reason for this award.”
Two lawyers caught in the web of intrigue, violence, and guilt. Two ways to approach the agonizing results of violence. The followers of Jesus Christ exclaim, “Not one of us lives for himself, and not one of us dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord” (Romans 14:7-8).
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