Mark Sanford is rich. His exwife is rich. He rose to become Governor of South Carolina. Then he told lies of his whereabouts with a young Argentine beauty.
All the while he professed his faith and hung out with Washington’s Christian politicians. When he was caught cheating, they dropped him.
When I learned he was about to be elected again to his old House seat, I was sure he would attribute his come back to the Almighty God. He did not disappoint.
He not only attributed it to God, he went on to say God had forgiven him for his fall into sin. I tried to remember how many Republicans have used this line. Newt Gingrich said it over and over. Now, there are plenty of Democrat politicians who cheat in their marriages. I don’t remember any who claimed God has forgiven them.
But, Sanford went further. He went on to attack those who might doubt God had passed along the message of forgiveness. He challenged such skeptics by saying, in effect, “You were not there when God told me this. You did not experience it. You have no business doubting the message I say God gave me.”
There will be many Christians who doubt Sanford’s message from God. But, many of them make the claim of a personal relationship with God, “If you have not experienced it, you cannot understand it.”
We’ll hear more about Sanford’s, and other politicans’, forgiveness from God.