Not Judging Wiener
Everybody is calling for Congressman Wiener’s resignation now – even the Democrats. Pelosi even wants to have the ethics committee investigate him. Still, Republicans see a double standard. While the democrats are upset about his lying, republicans can’t help but notice that whenever someone from across the aisle falls astray of moral issues, calls of hypocrisy abound.
The thing is, there IS a double standard – and it is biblically recognized as a valid one.
First Corinthians, chapter 5 verses 9 through 13 has this to say:
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”
Congressman Wiener isn’t a brother in Christ. He’s a non practicing Jew. He doesn’t hold Christian values because he doesn’t subscribe to the origins of those values. And since he doesn’t, we have no basis to judge him by.
Naturally, if he chose to convert, he would repent of his previous sinful ways and, at that point, we have every right to hold him to a standard of righteousness that he has chosen to aspire to. Until then he falls into the same rule I have for Tiger Woods. Pray for his conversion – the rest isn’t concern for his soul so much as quibbling about which circle of hell we prefer he spend eternity in.