We’re supposed to be heartened by Newt Gingrich’s newfound “repentance” for his — shall we say colorful — sexual past. It doesn’t matter anymore, we are assured. Or, by his adversaries both on the Left and Right, we are warned that it still matters very much.
Does it? It depends, I suppose, on what measurement we are using.
As a spiritual matter, it really isn’t even any of our business. It’s between Newt Gingrich and God. There’s something troubling in all this voyeurism about not only a public figure’s sex life, but also his religion. In a culture where people post pictures of themselves in the nude — sometimes engaging in what should be intimate acts — is anything sacred?
I have heard far more than I want to about the Speaker’s sex life. And whether he is truly repentant about his past sins is only for God to judge. I neither know nor care.
As I’ve stated before and will state again, in a representative democracy, a republic of free citizens, we shouldn’t have to care whether our elected servants feel this way or that. And their relationship with God is no less sacred than our own.
What I DO care about — because it does matter very much — is whether someone with a past like Newt Gingrich’s has any respect for OUR relationship with God. Whether he shares our convictions or differs with them. Have his mistakes taught him humility in dealing with others, or does he still feel free — as he so obviously has even recently — to lecture us about our morality as if he’s Moses just descended from Sinai?
I don’t know the answer to that, though doubtless we will all find out. But I must say I can’t understand why, if he has no more shame than to persist in carrying on that way, those who would vote for him do not.
I’m sticking with Mitt Romney. He’s gotten rich, but he’s generous enough to want us to be more prosperous, too. And the fact that he’s evidently been faithful to his wife indicates that he at least understands what fidelity means. I also hope that Ron Paul racks up as many delegates across the country as possible, because it will give libertarians a bigger voice in the decisions made on behalf of us all.
Dr. Paul wants freedom for everybody. Governor Romney wants jobs for everybody. Those — NOT where Newt Gingrich thinks he stands with God — are what are rightfully our concerns.
Jesus said that the measure we use in judging others is that which will, on the Day of Reckoning, be used to judge us. And on that fateful Day, we will be judged not by the American voters, but by God. That is all we should worry about. And if Newt Gingrich is sincere about his conversion, it’s all he has any reason to care about, himself.