How Flawed a Leader?

Posted: August 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

I was the political director for a successful Congressional campaign in 1994 and a legislative aide for a Republican member of the U.S. House from 1995 to 1997.  Those were the Contract with America/”Gingrich Revolution” years. 

I, like most of my fellow Congressional staffers, admired Speaker Gingrich and looked to him as our fearless leader. 

There were, however, rumors about the then Speaker’s personal life that were not flattering, but many of us shrugged them off as nothing but jealous gossip.  Unfortunately, we now know that many of those rumors were true.  The ex-Speaker, who is a highly intelligent and original thinker, has had a series of troubled marriages plagued by his own infidelity.

Now Newt is thinking about running for President.  He may be the smartest and most creative of the potential candidates thus far but his past raises the question, or at least should for a Christian, which is, “How morally flawed a leader can a person of faith support?”

Certainly, many of the leaders found in Scripture were deeply morally flawed but they also often dragged the nation down with them.

If Romans 13 is to be believed then every leader is directly accountable to God no matter how secular we think the institution is or should be.

Certainly we all await the world’s one true King but until then we have stewards that we play a role in selecting.  How we do it is a question that Godly men and women should ponder and theologians should raise.


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