Today I heard people talking about the South Carolina governor, Mark Sanford’s, affair. A woman mentioned that women tend to look for people in power and go after them. This lady also said in essence that the mistress was to blame.
That’s when I took offense. Guess what? That man, governor or otherwise, is capable of making informed choices. Just because he’s a man of political office and power doesn’t absolve him from making a good choice. It’s not the mistress’s fault. He could have said no but he didn’t. He even went to Argentina looking to have an extra marital affair.
We are all responsible for our actions. That’s like saying the bartender is at fault for serving a drunk. The drunk couldn’t make the decision not to put the drink into his mouth in the first place. It was the bartender’s fault. Yeah! Right! The drunk has no accountability.
Responsibility for self is something God gave to all of us. It’s a privilege. It gives us control. Control is a word less thought of now than ever. If I do something, it’s because I want to not because someone talked me into it. I’d be a pretty (not the word I wanted to use) poor person if I said someone else made me do it. Seems like I remember Flip Wilson with his famous line, “The Devil made me do it.”
Each of us has spiritual lessons. The governor, his wife, his mistress and everyone that trusted him are living a spiritual event now. Hopefully, everyone will come out on the other side better for it.
Just a few of my thoughts.