The prophet Nathan came to the king of Israel and told him a parable. He said, “There were two men in a city, one was poor the other was rich. The rich man had many flocks and herds. The poor man only had one ewe lamb that actually lived with the family like a pet. In fact, he fed and treated that ewe lamb like it was his own daughter. The rich man had a guest come stay with him. He did not want to feed the man out of his own flocks and herds. He came to the poor man instead and took his ewe lamb and prepared a dinner for the guest with it”.
The king was furious with anger against the rich man for doing such a thing. “This man should be arrested,” said the king, “and pay a fine of four times the amount of this lamb and he should be put to death because he stole this lamb and had no pity on this poor man and his family.”
The prophet looked intently at the king, then spoke, “You are the rich man! You have taken the wife of one of your valiant army men and committed adultery. Then you had him killed in battle purposely, so you could have his wife. You have broken the covenant of your God and brought violence to your house, to your family and to your nation.”
I grieve for the United States of America.
When Bill Clinton was running for POTUS and facts began to leak about his adulterous affairs as Governor of Arkansas, the mantra was “It is the economy, stupid. What he does in his private life has nothing to do with his leadership of this nation.”
He was accused of adulterous affairs multiple times while he was President, including with one intern who testified that she had sex with him nine times, even on occasion in the oval office. It has been reported that President Clinton, at the end of his presidency, had the highest public approval rating of any president since WWII.
The current Presidential race is froth with bitter clamoring, accusation and school-yard fights. It is dishonoring to the nation and to the election process.
The front running candidate of the Republican Party is strongly supported by the Christian community. Thirty-seven percent of evangelical Christians in the USA support this candidate.
Liberty University, one of the leading Christian Universities in the nation, has endorsed this candidate. He claims to be a Presbyterian and attended the Reformed Church for years.
Christian Post reporter, Stoyan Zaimov, quotes him saying, “Nobody reads the Bible more than me.” Yet, he also said at the Family Leadership Summit, in Ames, Iowa, when asked if he has asked God to forgive his sins, “I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into the picture. I don’t.”
This candidate who claims to be a Christian has been married three times. He had an affair with another woman while married to his first wife. He had a child by the second woman before they were married. There is evidence he dated another woman while married to his second wife. He had an affair with a woman before his divorce from his second wife was final. He then married that woman when the divorce became final.
He lacks prudence and discretion, at best.
His speech is vulgar, even dropping the F-bomb at a campaign rally in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, that is not the first time he has used that language publicly.
All of this support from the Christian community for this candidate while two other presidential candidates give testimony and clear evidence of a born-again experience with Jesus Christ. They live consistently moral lives. The have been faithfully committed to their wives for decades.
Why is there such a dichotomy?
It is not too far from the reasoning used for the election and reelection of Bill Clinton, “It’s the economy, stupid. What happens in his private life has nothing to do with what he does in the Oval Office.”
Evangelical supporters say they like this candidate because he is saying what they have been waiting for someone to say. He will fix the economy. He is strong on defense of America against the terrorists. They say, “We are not electing a pastor for crying out loud. We are electing a president.”
It is interesting that God calls political leaders “shepherds” multiple times in several books of the Holy Scriptures. Indeed, God considers the elected president as the chief shepherd of our nation.
The moral life of our nation’s top leader matters to God. The fact that it takes a lesser precedent to so many in the church reflects a deeper problem.
The Church in America has a moral issue.
Adultery matters to God more than we wish to admit. He told King David it would bring violence to his family and his nation. The decision of the American people to overlook the moral decadence of their leader led to major violence in our nation during the next president’s leadership.
What greater consequences are in store for a nation, when the Christian community choose an adulterous immoral man over godly leaders; all because they want a brutish, belligerent leader they believe will give them a greater economy and strong-arm leadership?