Instead, I tore into them for being failures. I was wrong for some of what I said. Some of it was spot on. Regardless, I apologized immediately.
My anger was aimed at the fathers who let their own illegal habits tear them away from their children. The children deserve better.
I apologized again at the end of my sermon.
Monday morning, I found myself in a similar position. I was ready to take out my burning anger on people who did not deserve it.
I was (and am as I write this) quite pissed off at an adult. The particulars don't matter.
What does matter is this adult is also very involved with children in my community.
For a short while, I thought about taking my anger and frustration out on the kids this person is trying to help. That's not what I thought at the time, but that's exactly what I had planned. My thought at the time was "Hah! I'll just show YOU what I think of you."
Talk about wrong.
I realized what I was doing and did an about face. I derailed that runaway train.
I'm ashamed that I even considered such actions.
It is beyond wrong to let the actions of an adult dictate how you will react to children.
Never, ever use children as a political football. Never, ever use children as a pry bar against an adult. Never, ever use children as a way to get revenge on someone.
I almost did it. I've seen lots of people do it. It makes me as mad as anything you can imagine.
We've all got to do better.