"WE'RE THE HYPOCRITES"
A prominent politician has been forced to resign, accused of visiting prostitutes for years. He’s also been
accused of being a hypocrite, as he ran on a platform of integrity and honesty, promising to avoid the scandals
that plague so many government leaders.
But you and I are the real hypocrites, writes Cal Thomas, syndicated columnist. We put up with immorality
all the time, so why should we be so shocked by what New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer did? Mr. Thomas observes:
He’s right, isn’t he? We’ve become more and more tolerant and accepting of wickedness. We’re even
Whatever the reason, we do have a tendency to grow tolerant of pervasive immorality. I’m glad there’s at least some people like Cal Thomas and Robert Bork who decry not only the immorality but also our acceptance of it. It’s refreshing that Mr. Thomas quotes three passages of Scripture in his brief column. He said Mr. Spitzer should have reached for the Gideon Bible in his fancy hotel room instead of a high-priced prostitute. If he had, “he might have been forewarned of the dangers in such liaisons.” Mr. Thomas then quoted Proverbs 23:27-28:
And Proverbs 5:3-5:
Mr. Thomas clearly implied that the Bible must be our standard to determine right and wrong (by the way,
his editorial was in the Dallas Morning News, if you can believe it!). Mr. Spitzer apologized for not living up to
a standard he set for himself. If he has the right to set his own standards, then so does the prostitute and
everyone else, and then there is no standard at all and no one is "guilty" of anything! But Mr. Spitzer, Cal
Thomas declares, did indeed break the laws of man and of God.
Again, our “tolerant” society is guilty as well. When we excuse sin, we can expect more of it, as Mr.
In the words of C. S. Lewis, “We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” When we
condone wickedness, there’s sure to be more of it.
One final word. Mr. Spitzer and every other member of our society should heed the words of Moses: “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).