When you look at today’s headlines, it seems all you see anymore is this politician or that one is involved in some kind of sex or corruption scandal. The latest news is about Anthony Weiner, and he’s at it again.
Two years ago, a sexting scandal destroyed Weiner’s congressional career. Now he’s back to exchanging raunchy messages and photos online; he admitted on Tuesday. Weiner is currently running for mayor of New York and is dismissing calls for him to step down from the race.
He was quoted in the Washington Post saying, “the campaign is too important to abandon over “embarrassing personal things” becoming public.” At his news conference on Wednesday evening, he was booed as he took the stage to speak at a public housing meeting.
Then you have the mayor in San Diego, Bob Filner, who is being sued by an ex-aide for sexual harassment. The aide, Irene McCormack Jackson, was quoted in the LA Times saying that Filner created, “an intimidating and hostile work environment.” Jackson had her attorney, Gloria Allred, file a lawsuit earlier this week against Filner.
The list of politicians who are involved in some kind of sex scandal seems endless. Chris Lee a congressman from New York responded to a Craigslist ad soliciting a man (who says he’s a woman) for sex. Eliot Spitzer (D-NY), was forced to step down after a tryst with a prostitute, Eric Massa (D-NY) resigned under the cloud of a pending House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.
These are but a handful of politicians who can’t keep their hormones in check. The list of corruption scandals is also long. You have folks like Spencer Bachus (R-AL), allegedly involved in an insider trading scandal. Rep. Charles Rangel, serious incidents of corruption.
Attorney General Eric Holder was involved in Operation Fast and Furious which allowed guns to “walk” into Mexico. This scandal has resulted in numerous deaths including a federal law enforcement official.
In the 235 years of our nation’s history there’s been 115 members of the house and senate that have been involved in some kind of scandal. In the first 200 years there were 32 scandals but now get this, in the last 35 there has been 83 scandals. That’s a 72 perecent increase over the first 200 years.
Most of the corruption is never discovered or even reported. It would appear that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Moral credibility is essential to leadership, what these folks don’t seem to realize is that private and public character can never be separated.
John Adams, our second president, said the following:
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
The immorality and corruption of not just our leaders but the general public is what’s eating away at the core of our nation. Several of these “leaders” who have been involved in sexual immorality are married. The word of God speaks about this in Hebrews 13:4, “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”
The word of God has plenty to say sexual immorality. 1 Corinthians 6:18, says, “Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.”
Proverbs 6:32-33 says, “Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding;
He who does so destroys his own soul. Wounds and dishonor he will get, And his reproach will not be wiped away.
The Bible has plenty to say about corruption too. 2 Peter:2:19 says, “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.”
You see those who commit sin have become enslaved by it. Our government is supposed to protect and keep us free that we may obey God’s commandments and bring him glory. Leaders such as the ones mentioned above can’t even control themselves so how can they expect to lead our nation? They can’t they are compromised by sin, unregenerate in both their hearts and their minds.
Obviously they feel they are free to commit all sorts of wickedness and no one will call them on it but they are wrong. There is one who sees everything they do and that’s God. Job 11:11 confirms this fact and it says, “For He knows deceitful men; He sees wickedness also. Will He not then consider it?”
Micah 7:3 would seem to describe the day we are in living. It says, “Both their hands are equally skilled at doing evil! Officials and judges alike demand bribes. The people with influence get what they want, and together they scheme to twist justice.”
However, it’s not too late to turn from wickedness and return to the Lord. Acts 3:19 says, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”
Refreshing is a part of the promises of God, but we have to turn from our wickedness and seek after God. It’s time for the righteous to take a stand and call out the wickedness our nation is mired in. Will you stand up and be counted?
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