Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Leaders Who Disappoint Us

Well all of the details are supposedly out and it looks like another politician will be crippled politically, but remain in office. I'm not sure how these people keep their positions after such disgraceful behavior!

The Bible is full of men who have acted just as shamefully. David cheated and murdered the faithful husband of his mistress -- and did not resign. Father Abraham had many sons and one was the product of an ungodly relationship with his wife's servant. The "wisest" leader who ever lived had 300 "mistresses" with whom to be unfaithful to his 700 wives. President Clinton has nothing on King Solomon!

Politicians and preachers have been getting caught for as long as I can remember. Why? Why so many lately? For one, they are getting caught more often. Second, the media has no problem exposing them to society these days. In prior years, a scandal would be kept quiet to preserve the people's respect for leadership. That was when integrity meant something. A handshake was preferred to a roomful of lawyers and piles of fine print. Baseball players didn't cheat. Oh, come on! Let me at least have 755 "honest" Homering Hank homers! ...sigh, you're right - he probably did cheat.

You may have guessed which politician I am talking about who has recently disgraced those he represents. Whatever anyone thought about this person before this story broke is irrelevant to the matter at hand.

If you are thinking that Portland deserves better, than I could not agree with your more! The good people of that city deserve much better than a pedophile for a mayor. I think we still call men who admit to "making out" with 17 year old boys "pedophiles" in this country. I hope we do any way. The attorney general dropped the case against Sam Adams this week and will not pursue bringing him to trial. So, he remains in office. He remains an outspoken homosexual activist who claims his 2 year sexual affair with the boy only began after he turned 18. Whatever! If you believe that; then you incredibly gullible.

Some of you are trying to figure out who I'm talking about and why I didn't mention Mark Sanford who is all over the news right now.

For some reason, the news media finds it more "news" worthy to tell you all about a right-wing Republican governor (admittedly, that does outrank mayor) who admitted to cheating on his wife. They have been nearly silent on the "less-evil?" "less-interesting?" Portland politician: the leftist gay activist pedophile mayor Sam Adams.

Last week all we heard about was the Republican senator who cheated and this week the GOP is getting preached to by the left about Sanford!

Why does the left only think cheating on your wife is wrong when a Christian or a Republican do it? Cheating on your wife is wrong. It doesn't matter it you've got "Killed giant named Goliath" on your resume or if you are a greeter at Wal-mart. It doesn't matter if you are a fun-loving, jovial, McDonald's-hamburger-eating, lying-to-America's-face president or if you are a governor who lied about where he was going to disguise his affair. Adultery is adultery!

"Fireproof" is a movie with a great message for husbands and wives concerning adultery and not giving in to it. I am reminded of the liberal movie critics who hated the movie, bashing it's moral preachiness. Their opinion was that the movie was ruined by keeping the marriage alive in the story. One critic I read, went so far as to state that the adulterous affair was his prefered path for the characters involved to pursue. You can read Michael Hardy's critique of Fireproof here.

Being a pastor and knowing some who have fallen in similar fashion as the recently caught Republicans doesn't prevent me from being disheartened each time it happens. I just wanted to shine a little light on the sins of those eagerly throwing stones.

The expression of their faces bears witness against them,
And they display their sin like Sodom;
They do not even conceal it!
Woe to them!
For they have brought evil on themselves.

Isaiah 3:9 (NASB)

7 comments:

  1. Hi James,

    Good post! Bruce and I were just saying similiar things last night as we watched the news. Thanks for putting it into words the whole world can read!

    Gina Stinson

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  2. Hi James. I agree with the analysis just not the political slant. I believe God doesn't care whether you are a conservative republican or a liberal democrat. Sin is sin and He hates it.

    I would argue that many people who hate Obama, simply overlooked the many scandalous things that happened during Bush's presidency. I am not liberal but I do believe in pointing out deviations from God's standards no matter what the political affiliation.

    In the end, the Bible humbles me. I know I am one step away from becoming a David, Paul, Peter .... and yet I am miles away from being what they became in Christ. I am not a stone thrower because of this realization, but I just wanted to make the point that the point of this blog should be about sin and not about spotlighting the sins of another affiliation as a counter measure.

    Keep on writing - you're getting dialogue and that is the goal, isn't it?

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  3. David, Thank you. That is very valuable feedback. Of course, I agree that "sin is sin" no matter your personal political affiliation. I certainly wasn't attempting to state otherwise. As far as "throwing stones" goes; the attempt wasn't to add to the amount of rocks flying through the air. I really just wanted to highlight that the rocks being flung seem to be targeted at a particular audience; sort of like pointing out the absent man in John's story. Thanks again, I value your opinion a great deal.

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  4. I have been pretty disgruntled with the political climate in our land. It's certainly nothing like it was when we were first founded, when statesmen accurately described our leaders. As you know, Christians and political conservatives, that align their values with Christians, will always be targeted by this world. I guess that's part of carrying our cross.

    In all fairness to you, my response to the blog grew somewhat out of my fatigue of seeing good Christian people overlook the sins of the conservatives simply to point out the sins of the liberal. It reminds me of the Matthew 7 passage.

    Anyway, I'm glad you are bloggin' and I will continue to check it out when I can. :)

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  5. I think that part of the frustration is that some are blatantly unrepentant of their acts and/or boastful while others appear to be repentant and they are treated differently.

    It is disheartening that you have someone like Mark Sanford who has had the guts to stand up to pork barrel spending and other things but then they turn around and have not only an affair but also make up two to three stories before the truth comes out.

    "Sin will take you farther than you want to go, Slowly but wholely taking control. Sin will leave you longer than you want to stay, sin will cost you far more than you want to pay" to quote an old Cathedrals song by Harold McWhorter

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  6. David, funny you should mention Christian persecution. I'm planning to write an article on that very soon. I need to do some more research first, though.

    Carl, it just goes to show you that we can't put our faith in politicians - even conservative ones. Our faith must be in Christ alone serving him humbly, presenting our lives to Him, and allowing the Spirit of God to transform our minds.

    We need more Christians (who hopefully will stay faithful to God and their spouses) in the political arena, but I'm not sure how we get them there. It takes so much cash these days to get elected even at the lowest of levels.

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  7. Amen. The idea of separation of church and state is bogus. The truest idea of the first amendment is that the state will not determine what the church is. BUT the church has the right to point out the sin of the state. Consider Samuel and Saul, Nathan and David, John the Baptist and Herod, Jesus and the religious politicians of Israel. The church has a right to point out sin in places where it should not be.

    With that in mind I feel like as long as we keep our eyes on the wrongs of the world we will loose sight of Christ. We are to be looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. The world is the world. The world does what it does because of it's condition. We should no more expect the world to be holy any more than we expect the church to be unholy. God bless.

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