It seems like almost every month, news scandals comes out about politicians and civic leaders like former New York City Congressman, Anthony Weiner and San Diego Mayor, Bob Filner who are accused of sexual sin. The amazing fact is in spite of their moral failures, these two men actually believe they should still be trusted by the American public to either campaign for office or be allowed to keep their position.
Men in leadership who have used their power to commit unlawful sex acts and violated the public's trust, is not new. King David was guilty of committing adultery with Bathsheba. He even went so far to have her husband, Uriah put on be the front lines so he would killed to cover up his sin. Like King David who did not lose his kingship, even if Weiner is able to fool New York citizens into voting for him and Filner remains in office, the consequences of their sins will not go away. Just read the story of David (2 Sam.11 and 2 Sam. 12:1-23).
The following verses clearly show we must forgive others when they miss the mark: The Bible says "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23). Jesus said let he who has not sinned cast the first stone (John 8:7). Matt. 7: 1 says, Judge not, that you be not judged... Do these scriptures mean we as citizens are not to hold our chosen civic leaders accountable for their actions?
Just as there are scriptures that warn us to not judge individuals, there are plenty more that show leaders (including those of us in the Clergy) are to held to a higher standard. Luke 12:48 “To whom much is given, much is required”. Other scriptural reverences for leaders include Titus 2, and 1 Tim. 3.
Amid all the controversy about Weiner and Filner, yesterday Cleveland, OH rapist and kidnapper, Ariel Castro gave a sad excuse for why he kidnapped and raped three young girls for more than a decade. With sexual perversion being almost accepted among our leaders, is there any wonder why the Ariel Castro's of the world keep committing these heinous crimes?
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