Considerations Concerning Congressman Anthony Weiner

Today I launched my new all-political blog – Thompson Politics.  Check it out when you get a chance.  I decided to do most of my political blogging there and not here at this blog.  However, occassionaly I will do some cross-posting if I think the topic is relevant.  The following article is taken from that blog.

(1)  Let’s not kid ourselves.  When you can’t come right out and say, this picture CAN’T be of me, you know there are problems.  We can’t come right out and say I’ve never taken pictures like this, I think there are some things you can assume about the Congressman.  Apparently, that assumption may prove to be right as other photos and women are surfacing.   [Update, the Congressman has now admitted to everything]

(2)  Let’s not lose our sense of outrage.  When a man is unfaithful to his wife, a sacred bond has been broken.  I still agree with Ross Perot when he said, “If your wife can’t trust you, why should I?”  If a man cannot take his sacred wedding vows seriously, why should I think he would take his oath of office seriously.  Unlike a recent editorial written a recent edition of the Week magazine, I don’t think marital fidelity is raising the bar too high.  Actually, I think it’s the least or minimum I would expect from a leader in our government.  It’s a sign or our continual moral decline to think otherwise.  The man is a liar.  He knowningly said things that are not true and allowed others to be blamed.  He needs to resign in disgrace. 

(3)  Let’s not brag or make more out of this than we should.  Fellow conservatives, let’s not get too excited about this.  Already this afternoon I’ve heard Sean Hannity asking what is it about Democrats that leads to scandals like this.  Let’s see, there’s Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Eliot Spitzer, Jon Edwards and now we add Congressman Wiener to the list.  However, let’s not forget about Bob Packwood, Newt Gingrich, Mark Foley, Chris Lee and more recently Arnold Schwarzenegger.  In other words, let’s not use this scandal to our advantage.   It’s just a matter of time before the next Republican sex scandal.  Besides, remember that a man’s reputation, career and maybe his marriage may be ruined.  This is no time to gloat.

(4)  Let’s not think we are somehow morally superior or more intelligent.  As is always the case, Dr. Russell Moore says it better than I ever could…

As Christians, we believe that temptation isn’t merely biological. There’s something wild and wicked afoot in the universe. These beings have an ancient strategy, and part of that is to shield us from the future. Desire gives way to sin, James tells us, and “sin when it is fully grown brings forth death” (James 1:15). Temptation only works if the possible futures open to you are concealed. Consequences, including those of Judgment Day, must be hidden from view or outright denied. That’s why in humanity’s ancestral sin the serpent told our mother Eve, “You will not surely die” (Gen. 3:4).

The tempting powers come after all of us in much the same way. Whatever our particular point of vulnerability is, they seek to distort the way we see our future. It doesn’t matter if I know that eating deep-fat-fried doughnuts every morning can raise my cholesterol levels, unless I can also imagine having a heart attack. I choose to give my children building blocks and not matches to play with because I can imagine what it would be like to see my house burning down.

Almost every adultery situation I’ve ever seen includes a cheating spouse who honestly believes that he or she is not going to get caught. The cheater often doesn’t want the marriage to end in divorce. Instead, like the characters in today’s headlines, he or she instead wants to keep everything the same: spouse, kids, and lover too. That’s irrational and completely contrary to the way the world works. Anyone can see that.

But you can convince yourself…or be convinced…that it will work for you. You’re special, after all. That’s the way temptation functions. We put consequences out of our minds, both temporal and eternal consequences. We start to believe that we are gods, with power over good and evil and life and death. And then we do crazy things.

This doesn’t have anything to do with intelligence. Satan is hyper-intelligent. And yet, even knowing that he will ultimately have his skull crushed, he rages all the more against Christ and his people, “because he knows his time is short” (Rev. 12:12). In terms of the most basic principles of military strategy, that’s crazy. What we need is not intelligence, but wisdom. Wisdom includes seeing where the way I want to go will lead (Prov. 14:12).

Read Dr. Moore’s whole post  – Are You Smarter Than Anthony Weiner?

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