The Guilty Excuse The Guilty
by Gene Frost
A few of us in America are appalled at the lack of moral integrity that characterizes the American people; the many simply do not care.
What is the character of the person who says that character doesn't count, it doesn't matter, it is of no consequence, that it is of no importance? Not only is such expressed but is demonstrated at the highest levels of authority in our society. We were disturbed that, although our national leaders recognized and admitted misconduct in the highest office of the land, our legislative body excused it.
What does it say of one who apologizes for grievous misconduct and empowers the guilty? It certainly causes one to question the integrity of the apologist. It is axiomatic that the guilty will excuse the guilty lest he too be censured. Can we then justly charge the governing body of the United States with such moral ineptitude? Of course, a rotting aroma from a barrel of apples does not indicate total spoilage, but it does indicate the presence of some and causes alarm that, if neglected, it will permeate the whole.
As we reflect upon this lack of moral integrity, that apparently characterizes our society from top to bottom, consider the following facts, published in The Federalist, September 7, 1999:
"Based on records prior to the summer break, 29 members of Congress have been accused of spousal abuse, 7 have been arrested for fraud, 19 have been accused of writing bad checks, 117 have bankrupted at least two businesses, 3 have been arrested for assault, 71 have credit reports so bad they can't qualify for a credit card, 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges, 8 have been arrested for shoplifting, 21 are current defendants in lawsuits, and in 1998 alone, 84 were stopped for drunk driving, but released after they claimed Congressional immunity."
Does this not explain why lying, perjury, and obstruction of justice are excused, and sexual immorality is winked at?
Should the few have cause to be concerned? Or should we all be indifferent and adopt the "I don't care" attitude that "character doesn't count"?
Of course, if this attitude pervades America, America is without hope. "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people." (Proverbs 14:34)
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