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Monday, March 10, 2008

Eliot Spitzer, Governor of New York, a Prostitution Ring, and Narcissism


Hubris: excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.

Moral Values: President George Washington, in his Farewell Address in 1796, said that popular government cannot exist without morality—and morality based upon biblical principles. In effect, he defined traditional values in these words:

Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports….And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. – Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure—reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

Moral Relativism: A position which proposes that there is no absolute truth, or justification of moral judgements. Moral Relativism rejects morality as defined by religion, and determines that morality is an individual determination.

The Holy Bible: Paul warned in the New Testament that the last days would bring a marked increase in false teaching. “In later times, some will abandon the faith, and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons” (1 Timothy 4:1). The last days are described as “perilous times” because of the increasingly evil character of man and people who actively “oppose the truth” (2 Timothy 3:1-9; also see 2 Thessalonians 2:3). According to Biblical Text the people in the last days will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power, (2 Timothy 3:1-2) which seems to fit our modern age exactly.

Perhaps these are the last days as predicted in Scripture, perhaps not. But whether you are a believer in the Christian Faith, or not, it is easy to recognize that the 21st-century world we live in has embraced moral relativism. Moral relativism is tainting even the church. For example, many denominations are actually having a difficult time defining marriage as being between one man and one woman, and many religious leaders today are openly supporting homosexuality. Scripture has become subordinate to the modern church’s quest for a more appealing “truth.” These are indeed “perilous times” spiritually, and the ways of "The World" are definately launching an all out attack on our morals.

Governor Spitzer is a great example of what our society has become. Recently, his role in a prostitution ring has surfaced. The scandal grew out of a public corruption inquiry triggered by his movement of cash to bank accounts operated by the prostitution ring. He was caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet a prostitute. Spitzer allegedly paid for the call girl to take a train from New York to Washington D.C., which makes the case even more perilous for him since she crossed state lines, thus making it a federal case.

He said, after all of this came to light, "I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family and violates my - or any - sense of right or wrong."

Well, apparently he isn't too sorry, because he has ignored all questions regarding whether he would resign.

His wife, during the press conference, looked as if she'd been crying all night (I don't know if that is completely true, but it sure looked that way in my observation), and his three teenage daughters must be devastated.

What has me scratching my head is that there are actually morons out there defending the Governor's actions. They say things like, "Who cares if he wants to get laid by a hooker. If he has the money, let him do it."

It is obvious that the man thought he was somehow unable to get caught, above suspicion, and above the law. It appears that when he asked himself if he should be doing such things while he was engaged in these activities, his answer to himself was along the lines of, "What do I care? I won't get caught."

But realize, this is not entirely about the sex.

It's also about the stupidity.

It's also about his arrogance.

It's also about his recklessness.

It's also about him ruining his relationship with his wife, and destroying his daughters emotionally.

And it's also about him betraying the trust of everyone who voted for him.

"Hubris" describes Spitzer perfectly. His desires were more important to him than his family, his office of Governor, and his moral values. His arrogance convinced him that he would never be caught.

But I do not only blame Governor Spitzer. I blame the onslaught of Moral Relativism in this nation as well.

My daughter is not allowed to wear her necklace outside of her shirt in school because her crucifix may offend someone, but it is entirely okay, according to the Public School System to require only positive portrayals of homosexual, bisexual, transgender and other alternative lifestyle choices, or promote homosexual behavior through a homosexual indoctrination method being called "A Day Of Silence."

Now that is what I call Offensive.

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