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If It's Wrong, It's Wrong
by James Robison

07/20/2007

Sen. David Vitter and his wife face the media after being disgraced.

 
Senator David Vitter had a rough week. The Louisiana Republican’s phone number turned up in the books of a Washington D.C. escort service. The press gleefully pointed out his “moralist” hypocrisy; given that Vitter is a devout Catholic who decried Bill Clinton for draining “any sense of values left in our political culture” and supported his impeachment.

After Vitter’s skeletons escaped their closet, he offered the standard political mea culpa and pledged to press on with the business of the American people. However, unlike the long line of Democrats who have committed similar sins and were given a pass, Vitter will have a much more difficult time surviving. The prevailing attitude seems to be that if you fail to live up to your professed standards, you are not fit to serve in public office; but if you have no standards, then you can do whatever you want and if it turns out to be tawdry or illegal, just apologize and continue without consequence. Hypocrisy is apparently the only unpardonable sin in Washington D.C.

How ridiculous!

Principle is principle regardless of the actions and opinions of men. The Ten Commandments still stand whether we keep them or not. One can claim that there’s nothing wrong with lying, stealing or cheating, but that doesn’t make these things right.

If you happily and defiantly build a house on a poor foundation, the house will still be unstable. If you implement two different measurements – metric and standard – you are going to have a lopsided house every time. If you defy the law of gravity without putting a law of aerodynamics in place, that law will bring you down. It matters not that you believe you can jump off a house and soar like a bird, you will crash down as surely as a rock!

Violating moral principles does not change the fact that certain things are wrong. Consequences will come every time and people will suffer. You don’t have to touch a stove to know it’s hot – but we usually do! It matters not whether we believe it is right or wrong, if it is the violation of a principle, it is wrong for everyone every time. Our actions do not change principles. I have sinned and my sin in no way negates the truth about bad choices. Senator Vitter’s wife was devastated because of his dalliances with prostitutes, not because he failed to live up to his professed beliefs.

While recognizing and upholding moral principles let’s also acknowledge this absolute fact: We have all, at some time, in some ways missed the mark. We have failed! We need to admit it, seek forgiveness ourselves and begin to rebuild on a sound foundation. I am grateful there is a God who offers us all a fresh start. We all need forgiveness, just as we need to forgive others. At the same time, we must recognize that laws and standards must be upheld equally to everyone. Surely we can clearly see the negative consequences of refusing to live by moral absolutes. We should also be able to witness the positive effects of forgiveness and restoration.

There will never be peace in this world without adherence to morality, the enforcement of laws and the ability to forgive and move beyond the past. People will fail, but this does not justify the abandonment of eternal moral absolutes. Wrong is always wrong and right is always right. To live by shifting standards is to build upon a foundation doomed to collapse.

We must uphold principle while graciously dealing with those who fall. This is the only way to ensure a stable foundation for our nation, our communities and our individual lives.

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Author: James Robison

Word Count: 618

About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, an international humanitarian aid ministry; host of the television program, Life Today; and author of The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope.

Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net