Is Christianity a force for good? Does it encourage ethical behavior?
Consider the case of Senator David Vitter, a Republican (I’m shocked!) from Louisiana. He recently confessed, after being told he was going to be “outed” anyway, to using a notorious escort service in Washington DC.
In a statement from the campaign trail in 2004 on "Protecting the Sanctity of Marriage" he said, "The Hollywood left is redefining the most basic institution in human history, and our two U.S. Senators won't do anything about it. We need a U.S. Senator who will stand up for Louisiana values, not Massachusetts's values. I am the only Senate Candidate to coauthor the Federal Marriage Amendment; the only one fighting for its passage." Vitter once compared the devastation of gay marriage to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which as someone from Louisiana should know is pretty destructive, and said during the debate on the amendment, "I don't believe there's any issue that's more important than this one."
NOW he says “This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible. Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling."
Yes, let’s summarize the situation: Sen. Vitter declares that homosexual marriage (which does not exist in the US) threatens the US and the institution of marriage; yet he commits adultery, asks for forgiveness from God, and, ta-dah!, gets it. He’s backed to being “saved” again and will go to heaven for eternal bliss while gays burn in hell forever.
Wait a minute, this just in: the Republican Party, and much of the Democratic Party, has taken Senator Vitter’s lead and has asked for AND RECEIVED forgiveness from God for every disastrous policy, including the Iraq War, that they’ve lead this country into.
What a relief! Everyone is saved, but the world is no better off. Some system of ethics Christianity is.