Currently a hot topic in political news is this story:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23572671/?GT1=43001

I comiserate with those who have weighed in with their shock and dismay at these allegations. However, I am also somewhat baffled at the reaction from the secular world (I have not heard any opinions from other Christians on the issue).

That a governor of the state of New York, who is supposed to be one that people can trust and emulate, someone who sets an example of high standards and solid character, would choose to follow a path of such moral degradation and sexual immorality is surely a tragedy and an outrage. Isn’t it?

Woah! Wait a second. Since when did our secular, humanistic, and hedonistic society place any value whatsoever on traditional (“old-fashioned”) sexual morality and conservative values in one’s personal life? What happened to the sexual revolution? What happened to the age of tolerance (what’s right for you is right for you and I can’t judge you)? What happened to the idea of monogamy being antiquated and unrealistic? Those are the messages I’m getting loud and clear from my culture. So how come politicians are held to a different standard?

Don’t get me wrong here – I’m not saying I actually agree with any of those things. I believe strongly in monogamy. I believe that extra-marital sex (in all respects) is morally wrong – it is sin. I also believe that leaders should be judged more harshly and that they are examples to the people they are leading.

My problem is that I simply don’t understand where the secular world gets off saying that Spitzer’s actions are disgraceful and that he should resign or be impeached.

“Particularly because of the reform platform on which he was elected governor, his ability to govern the state of New York and execute his duties as governor have been irreparably damaged,” said Citizens Union, a good-government group that supported the crusading attorney general for governor in 2006 and provided critical support in his effort to reform Albany. “It is our strong belief that it is now impossible for him to fulfill his responsibilities as governor. Accordingly, Citizens Union urges him to resign as governor.”

The fact that he spent a significant amount of his own money (he is independantly wealthy) on a prostitute seems to be the main problem here. Is it because he cheated on his wife? The fact that he is married comes up only once in the article, which doesn’t even refer to the fact that what he did was commit marital infidelity. There’s more focus on the fact that he spent so much money. Perhaps if he’d spent the money selfishly on himself in lavish cars, luxury vacations, or any kind of ridiculous indulgence it would have been applauded instead. After all the problem of selfishness that is inherent in our capitalistic and narcissistic society doesn’t seem to be on anyone’s radar. In fact the more money and toys one has, the more one’s status in society is elevated. A “funny” parallel, I think. The Biblical values of sexual morality are paraded out as if they actually mean something to these people, while Jesus’ other teachings are all but non-existent to them.

What’s up with that?

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