Ordinarily, my musings are not of a personal nature, but occasionally something gets me riled up, and I can’t resist making a comment.
The recent potential Republican candidate debate in Charleston left me wondering about character. Whether or not it was appropriate for John King to open the debate asking Newt Gingrich about allegations by his second wife or if Gingrich’s fiery response was merited is not my call. What bothered me is that Gingrich had been in a six year affair with his current wife while married to his second, and that got me thinking about character on several levels.
If I understand what I hear, Newt is making a strong push for the conservative vote which includes many an evangelical Christian. Given their views on family values, I find it hard to imagine their approving Gingrich’s past behavior. Furthermore, if he is passing himself off as one, what does that say about the strength of his faith?
Additionally, as hokey as it might be, I think the person serving as president of our country should have strong character and, for me, that excludes inappropriate sexual behavior. That is not to say he or she should be perfect, but they should respect elected office enough to not bring that baggage into play. Such is my opinion at least, but sometimes it seems we are willing to overlook a candidate’s, or sometimes a sitting representative’s, flaws so long as he or she associates with the party that most reflects personal philosophy.
It is not my place to judge anyone, and that’s not what I’m trying to do. Rather I simply raise the question of what is important when it comes to who we choose to lead our country. Quite honestly, I don’t care what party a candidate chooses to affiliate with, but I do care a great deal about his or her character. Ultimately, the ability to maintain a consistent morality is what leads one to make decisions that are in the best interest of all the people….at least that is what I hope.
I would love for you to pipe in on this subject. I’m listening.