Thursday, January 19, 2012

Character Matters

"I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky..."

Does character matter in a Presidential candidate?

I remember how disappointed…no, disgusted…I was when Bill Clinton finally told the truth about Monica Lewinsky. Yet, at the same time, I was glad I knew the truth because that brought me out of the Liberal-minded fog I was in and back to my Conservative roots. Thank You, Lord!

My friend had read the phone tap transcripts when they were released to the public. I couldn’t believe what she was telling me was in those transcripts. I couldn’t believe that was the President of the United States doing those things, saying those things, acting like that. Disgusting.

One news magazine wrote about it and I read the letters that poured in from readers. One man wrote that it was Bill Clinton who did all those things, but William Jefferson Clinton was the President so he wasn’t all that upset by it. What??  I wrote that the man in the White House is Bill Clinton AND William Jefferson Clinton. Our president perjured himself, tampered with evidence, and lied to the American people. That’s why he was impeached. 

 Had you or I committed these crimes, we would have gone to prison.

That scandal turned things around for me. I paid attention. Like him or hate him, President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, brought class back into the White House. They showed America what a healthy marriage looked like and I thank God for that. I needed to see that again.

So, now that Newt Gingrich is a candidate for President of the United States and we know he lacks character, how important is it to learn from the past? I honestly believe that, like Clinton, Gingrich is a very intelligent man. He is a historian. He knows politics and can handle politicians. But, like Clinton, he lacks wisdom, integrity, and character.

I am not going to apologize for wanting these traits in a President. I feel wisdom is needed in such an office. We have seen in the last 3 years how much damage a lack of wisdom can do to this nation. We need character, a man who will not sign legislation that empowers abortion providers. And we need integrity. We need a man who is who he says he is.

Have we seen that man in our Presidential candidates? I don’t know yet. But I know that those traits are important. I insist on learning from the past.

Your turn: Is character important in a Presidential candidate? Why or why not? 


  1. Martin Luther said it best: I would rather be governed by a competent Turk than an incompetent Christian.

    Whereas I agree with Godly character in men, there are examples in Scripture where these men were not always acting with integrity. Take David for example. He is called "a man after God's own heart', but was a lousy father and had multiple wives - clearing against God's standard in both areas. However, he was one of Israel's best kings.

    Then came Solomon, who exceeded his father, David, in his lavish lifestyle. But Israel prospered and no one has equaled him in wisdom and wealth.

    I think it comes down to praying for God to put the man in place He wants and for His purposes. He set up government as an institution to keep the peace and enforce laws. He established the church for spiritual matters.

    I will vote for the man best suited for the job of running this country. Just my 2 cents.

  2. Good point, Shawn! Yes, King David was a good man and loved the Lord. He messed up and faced the consequences. So did his son Solomon. My point is, look at the consequences that the people suffered as a result of the sins of these men.

    You are very correct. We should be on our knees in prayer regarding this election. We need to ask the Lord for the right man to govern us.... Show the Lord that we are submitting to Him and not our emotions or desires.

    Thanks for visiting!!