Moral Contradictions

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Newt and I agree again

I saw this quote concerning the sex scandals of late from the esteemed (*cough cough *) Newt Gingrich:

"What we don't have to do is allow our friends on the left to lecture us on morality," Gingrich said at a party fundraiser in Greenville. "There's a certain stench of hypocrisy."


That's a valid point. I mean, if it was so easy to listen to members of your own party preach to the left on morality, only to suffer the indignation of having it thrown back at you, I would be upset. Really, when you stand on the pulpit above everyone else, you get to point out the problems of others while condemning those that recognize the same problems within your party.

So yes, clearly the stench of hypocrisy stems from the left. Clearly.

Seriously, how do authentic Christians, who strive to follow Jesus daily, swallow this bull? Will the real Christian statesman please stand up?

Update: Thank you Steve B for the George Will link. Will says it much better than I can:

Their story, of late, has been that theirs is the lonely burden of defending all that is wholesome. But the problem with claiming to have cornered the market on virtue is that people will get snippy when they spot vice in your ranks.


Will goes on: "His [Mark Foley's] behavior was disgusting, and some Republican reactions seem more calculating than indignant." Someone tried to preach to me that what separated Republicans from Democrats was not that Republicans claimed to hold a higher standard only to abuse the public trust, but rather dealt more swiftly with errant members. We're finding that out to be untrue, and I'm sure a little investigative work would turn up more examples.

I cannot count how many times I have heard ministers, politicians, and everyone else preach that morals are not relative, but absolute. How is comparing one party's morals to the others absolute? We may have messed up, but not as bad as them. Why not say we messed up, period? Only until the sin is fully acknowledged and blame accepted can forgiveness and atonement occur.

The Republican Party has no one to blame but itself. It has turned into the monster it has repeatedly condemned and feared, and only objective analysis and soul searching will allow them to swallow the consequences and attempt to restore its integrity and move on. Else, the shear level of cynicism toward American politics, not to mention Christians, which is my main focus, will burst through the roof, and everyone loses.

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