Whose Forgiveness?

The Daily Caller is ran a story yesterday that just got my blood boiling.

Evangelical leader Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, drafted an open letter to presidential candidate Newt Gingrich warning the newly minted front-runner that he will lose the support of evangelicals — specifically evangelical women — if he does not come out and address his history of infidelity.

“Mr. Speaker, if you want to get large numbers of Evangelicals, particularly women, to vote for you, you must address the issue of your marital past in a way that allays the fears of Evangelical women,” he wrote this week. “You must address this issue of your marital past directly and transparently and ask folks to forgive you and give you their trust and their vote”

Emphasis blood was boiling, not because the former Speaker is high on my list of preferred candidates, but from a strictly doctrinal standpoint.  There are only a small handful of people that the former Speaker "must" apologize to....his two ex-wives, his children, his current wife and God.  Other than that he owes NO ONE ELSE anything. 

There are a multitude of verses talking about Biblical restitution and all of them say that the restitution should be paid to the PERSON HARMED - not the world at large.  Once could even say that MT 6:3 (when you do good do not let your right hand know what your left hand is doing) because that verse specifically addresses (as does Luke 18:10 -14) God's attitude toward those who make "boastful" recitations of their salvation. 

IF the former speaker has indeed turned his life over to Christ, as he has said he has, (and we have no proof to cause doubt) then we have to take it on faith that he has already asked forgiveness from those he hurt and from God for his prior actions.  As a "man of God", Mr. Land should well know the warning in Mt 7:1-2 (Judge not, lest YOU be judged IN THE SAME MANNER) and should act accordingly...or he would if he were wise.  I suspect (based on his comments above) that Biblical wisdom is not where Mr. Land is working from....rather he appears to be working from a position of wanting to elevate his own position - much like the Pharisee in Luke 18 did - and that is not a good place to be coming the Scriptures say.

Mr. Land would also want to recognize the wisdom found in James 5:9...."Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door."   It is not your place to judge former Speaker Gingrich.  There is only ONE lawgiver and I'm sorry Mr. Land but that judge is NOT YOU.

Written by LL.