Friday, June 26, 2009

Mark Sanford gets King David wrong.

Governor Sanford, respectfully, you have it wrong. You have not committed a sin against your wife unless it is the breaking of a promise, you haven't broken your "marriage vows." Your sins, if any, are not in the same league as that of King David.

To review, King David offended God in two sins, adultery, and murder.

King David committed sins against Uriah, again, murder and adultery, the latter he committed with Bathsheba.

King David, if you recall Governor Sanford, says this of his sins with Bathsheba against both God, and Uriah:
"Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment."
He leaves out Uriah, because Uriah is dead, he has no family in Israel because he is a Hittite. This is why Uriah is a "poor man" in Nathan's complaint. He has no inheritance. There is no family, and no "avenger of blood."

He leaves out his wives Governor Sanford, because David does not sin against his wives. Please note that David has several wives at this point in his life, not one.

If you sinned Governor Sanford, it is in telling falsehoods, and probably swearing falsely to your wife that you would not take other wives and remain "faithful" to her in the Western Cultural sense.

That is what you have done. What you should do now is embrace your "lover" as a wife, and not abandon her. You have made a commitment with your body that you should keep.

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