It is really tough not to come right out of your seat when you are watching the news some nights. That very thing happened to me a week ago. I was sitting down watching Tucker Carlson on MSNBC and he brought on the Rev. William Lawson, pastor emeritus of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. Rev. Lawson had the opportunity to speak at the funeral of Enron CEO, Kenneth Lay.
Rev. Lawson caught my attention when he began to put Lay in the same category with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jesus Christ. Lawson said this in saying that in their death we begin to look at their life and realize that it was better than most people think. Ken Lay was misunderstood. He did so many good things. Excuse me?
I'm sorry, but what the hell has Brother Lawson been drinking, grape kool-aid? Jesus, Dr. King and Ken Lay? Say it isn't so! It's tough enough to type those names in the same sentence let alone hear the comparison of these three from a fellow pastor.
It is reported that friends of Ken Lay say that he died of a broken heart.
The conviction was too much for him to handle.
Let's focus on all the good things he did in life.
He really didn't get a fair trial.
I guess when you're facing the rest of your life in jail, and in your heart you know you're an innocent man, I guess it's too much to bear.
I don't think his spirit gave way, but his body did.
Well, I can say that he wasn't tried by a jury of his peers. How many peer CEO's of multi-billion dollar corporations were sitting on the jury? But Martin Luther King? Jesus Christ?
Rev. Lawson continued to say that Ken Lay was a victim of a lynching at the hands of the media in America. Lay is the real victim here. Lynching? Victim? ARGH!
OK, Lay did give over $25 million to charities in Houston during his time at Enron. He did encourage other CEO's to do the same. He sat on the board of directors of not-for-profit corporations set up to help the underprivileged. Rev. Lawson was a direct benefactor of Lay's generosity in early years. But don't apply for sainthood for the guy.
Why is it that they feel the need to make this person out to be a hero who obviously acted anything but hero-like in the final years at Enron?
Even though it is tough to imagine the comparison, maybe a quote from one of the individuals can shed some light on Lay. Jesus said: "You will know them by their fruits." And the last basket of Ken Lay's fruit was rotten.