I loved reading MickeyMiss's post on MidTerm Exams. I think it provides an excellent opportunity for us to pause and reflect on some very important points in life.
In light of Mr. Lay's passing, being local to Houston, I was able to watch some of the local news showing the reactions of several people who lost so much while employed at Enron.
While I do not pretend to begin to understand what it must feel like to lose my entire savings/retirement account, and I also can't say that I have ever experienced losing a job of many, many years, I was somewhat dismayed by the tone of some of the folks interviewed.
One woman, who I am assuming lost everything she had financially, including her job, said, "I think he got off easy! He never served a day in jail, he just died. He got off too easy!"
I understand how angry she must be at everything she has lost, everything that she has gone through for the past five years. But I am very disturbed that she thinks death was too easy for him.
I find it hard to believe that the last 5 years of Mr. Lay's life has been anything but horrific, stressful, and eye-opening, perhaps even soul-changing for him as well as for his family.
I know that he was found guilty. In this day and age, someone is always responsible for what we lose. While Mr. Lay may be guilty of something, I am not completely convinced that he decidedly intended to undermine the corporation of Enron, lose the company, lose everything. I think he may be guilty of being negligent, terribly, terribly negligent, but to actually set out to make himself "KING" and richer than he alreay was, all the while donating huge amounts of money to various organziations and to the City of Houston? That doesn't sit right with me.
But I could be wrong. He could be guilty and actually was found guilty of all wrong-doing. And I don't think he got off easy. He has to meet his maker, review his life, and then pay the eternal price for it. Last time I checked, Hell was not consider getting off easy.
I don't know where Mr. Lay will spend his eternity. I do know that scripture says:
Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God Matthew 19:24
Perhaps Mr. Lay leaves us a legacy of how now shall we live, what would we like to be remembered by, and do we place anything else before our relationship with God and with those around us.