Ken Schram: A warped sense of ministry

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By Ken Schram

He may be a man of god, but the devil got to his instincts.

Rev. Sandy Brown thought it would be a good idea to attend a public memorial for King County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Cox.

But at the same time, and in the same place, he also wanted to conduct a public service for the man who killed him.

As the Executive Director for the Church Council of Greater Seattle, it never dawned on Rev. Brown how disrespectful and cruel that would feel to the family, friends and colleagues of Deputy Cox who were gathered in their grief.

Fortunately, someone from the sheriff's department heard about Brown's plan and asked him to take his prayer service for the murderer someplace else.

He did, but he gets no credit from me for that.

After speaking with him, I've concluded that Brown arrogantly believed that he alone was capable of bringing reconciliation to a community still reeling from the murder of a good and decent man.

It didn't seem to matter much to Rev. Brown that his warped sense of ministry would inflict further pain and suffering on those whose lives are emptier without Deputy Cox in them.

In what I think is a remarkable showing of self-restraint, all I'll say is that as a man of God, Rev. Brown has a lot to learn about people.

Have something to say to Ken? E-mail him at kenschram@komo4news.com.

And be sure to join Ken, along with John Carlson, on "The Commentators", which airs every weekday from 9-Noon on AM 570 KVI.

It's a lively exchange of information, insight and perspective with two guys who don't agree on much, but still manage to enjoy each other as they tackle issues of the day. Even better, callers are invited in on the verbal action.

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