How are we to think about the recent events which saw the shameful resignation of Governor Spitzer in in New York State?
Noting while we try to address this, how he only fits a long standing pattern of such behaviors which is only increasing over time. President Clinton & Monica Lewinsky; Presidential Candidate Gary Hart & Donna Rice; NJ Governor James McGreevy & his male aide; Congressman Wilber Mills & stripper Fanne Fox; Senator Bob Packwood – numerous cases of sexual harassment; Grover Cleveland fathered an illegitimate child before his Presidency; Congressman Gary Condit & Chandra Levy; Congressman Mel Richards & a 16 year old campaign worker; Oregon Governor Neil Goldschmidt & 14 year old babysitter; Senator Brock Adams – 8 counts of sexual harassment, sexual assault & rape; Congressman Mark Foley – sexual text messages to male Pages; Congressman Bob Livingston – extra-marital affair; Mayor Jim West of Spokane WA – molesting young boys; Senator Larry Craig – lewd conduct in an airport men’s room; Congressman Wayne Hays – put his mistress on the House payroll; Senator Ted Kennedy & Mary Jo Kopechne; Congressman Barney Frank & his male lover who ran a male prostitute ring out of Frank’s home. And the list goes on and on.
Proverbs 28:2 reads:
An increase in government is a direct result of a nation which is moving away from God. Government must increase to try and make up for the lack of self-government. It is a vicious cycle. The less responsibility each person takes for themselves before God, the more imposition from the outside becomes necessary to keep chaos from taking over. The problem is that over time, the governmental structure becomes so inflated, it must collapse under its own weight. Fewer and fewer people take responsibility for themselves before God, and that corruption extends to the government since the government is but – people. Those trying to enforce the rules and regulations themselves have abandoned personal responsibility – and thus a self-imposed judgment is inevitable. Our men and women in leadership will continue to reflect the populace in general, and will grow more and more corrupt over time. Only the Holy Spirit reigning in the hearts of men can reverse such a state of affairs. No governmental system is capable. Sin can only be dealt with in Christ – not by any external structure.