Politics and Sin

I’ve been wondering…

Why are politicians encouraged to leave office when they are caught in adulterous relationships?

Does that affect someone’s ability to govern? Perhaps it can be argued that dealing with personal issues can distract from the job of governing our country, but I’m not really sure that’s the reason our leaders step down when faced with these issues.

I think there’s a public perception that these politicians have committed the unforgivable sin. And yet, it’s a sin that is so rampant across our culture that in one way or another it touches almost everyone. I’m not trying to justify it. I just think it’s interesting that sexual sin is one of the lines we draw in the sand for our politicians. If they cross that line they are out. Why do we do that? Why do we pick that sin?

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