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Santorum, Newt and Writing in the Sand.

Last night at the debate Senator Santorum had an opportunity to show leadership when asked about Speaker Gingrich’s past indiscretions. He was asked by John King what he thought about the allegations made by Marianne Gingrich and Rick Perry’s thoughts on forgiveness.

Santorum said:
“…I am a Christian [like Perry], and I thank God for forgiveness. But you know, these these are issues of our lives, and what we did in our lives are issues of character for people to consider. But the bottom line is, these are these are things for everyone in this audience to look at, and they’re to look at me, look at what I’ve done in my private life and personal life, unfortunately.

And what I say is that this country is a very forgiving country. This – this country understands that we are all fallen. And I’m very hopeful that we will be judged by that standard and not by – by a higher one on that ultimate day.”

Look up the video, Santorum was dripping with Sanctimony, almost like he was perfect. Well, as a non-perfect born again Evangelical Christian, my first thought is, “how would Jesus handle this?”

John 8:1-11 is a perfect picture of Jesus’s response to people caught with their – er – pants down:

 1 Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.
 4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

 6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

 9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

 11 “No, Lord,” she said.

   And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

Mel Gibson, a man who has had his fair share of public personal demons dramatized this beautifully in his film “The Passion of the Christ”, portraying the scene with no dialogue, a woman in the wrong is thrown onnthe ground, Jesus writes in the sand, rocks fall to the ground, and a loving hand is extended. She didn’t even ask for forgiveness! Yet Jesus, the savior of the world Sen. Santorum publicly professes to follow, extended a hand of grace anyway.

The ironic thing is that according to scripture, Jesus lived a life free of sin, meaning by his logic, he could have thrown the stone at this woman. But he did not. What an amazing picture of a loving God!

To those of you who keep hanging this over Newt’s head because it “offends your moral values.” If you profess to follow Jesus, you may look to his example and see that a hand of grace was extended. Governor Perry reflected Jesus in this way, let’s follow his example.

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