You’ve got to feel sorry for NSW Opposition Leader, John Brogden with this latest controversy. He lets his hair down for one night, and now risks losing his job.

But when a person is a leader, they must expect to be judged more harshly. If some anonymous ‘drunk’ made the same racial comments then it might be ignored, but when a leader makes inappropriate comments, then it is right for them to be subject to public scrutiny and outrage.

This is especially true of Christian leaders. As James said in his letter, “Not many of you should presume to be leaders, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly” (James 3:1).

Christian teachers must be careful when letting their hair down, or having a night “off”. It is far too easy to bring the name of Jesus into disrepute.

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