For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.- Romans 3:23
Today, as my able and articulate friend, Tim Silvester already noted, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford admitted to an extramarital affair. As a former staffer and (still) friend to Governor Sanford, his current trial and tribulation brings to the forefront issues of sin, fallibility, forgiveness, repentance, and faith. As Governor Sanford noted, his press conference, the laying out his sins and transgressions against Jenny and the boys, is the consequence for breaking the marital vow. Transgression causes one to be blind, but that blindness is inward–the consequences are often public. Forgiveness is between the transgressor and the transgressed, and if repentance is true, then forgiveness rightly follows.
What is most important to remember, however, is that no matter how intelligent, successful, promising, articulate a man is, he is still just that: a man. Man’s humanity is unavoidable. Man is fallible and imperfect–and that is why there is a need for a faithful and true Redeemer. Only Christ is infallible and therefore justly deserving of our faith.