In an interview with CBN’s David Brody, Former Speaker of the House and potential GOP candidate for President, Newt Gingrich, discussed his past transgressions and his search for God’s forgiveness. Video and transcript are posted below.
As you probably know by now, I try not to weigh in on political figures private lives; unless that is, they make them public. I’m not sure that this story falls within that rare exception so I’ll keep my commentary light.
If Newt decides to enter this race (when Newt decides to enter this race), he is going to have to answer a multitude of questions about his past and his personal life. He was once the face of “in your face” conservatism and he fell from grace when stories of extramarital affairs trickled out in a flood, so that is more than reasonable, I suppose.
That said, I’d like to think we live in a world where people get second chances and in a country that still has a little respect for the private lives of our public figures. Sure, Newt’s past is relevant; not from a political perspective, but for the purpose of measuring the man behind the political talking points.
As far as I am concerned the matter is closed. Newt will be “judged” by a higher power than I possess, so my measure of Newt will be based upon his words and actions; not his past. I can’t say that I am particularly fond of either his words or his actions in recent years, so I guess that’s a push… That is if he decides to run.
Transcript from Outsidethebeltway
And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn’t trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them. I found that I felt compelled to seek God’s forgiveness. Not God’s understanding, but God’s forgiveness. I do believe in a forgiving God. And I think most people, deep down in their hearts hope there’s a forgiving God.
Somebody once said that when we’re young, we seek justice, but as we get older, we seek mercy. There’s something to that, I think. I feel that I’m now 67 I’m a grandfather. I have two wonderful grandchildren. I have two wonderful daughters and two great sons in law. Callista and I have a great marriage.
I think that I’ve learned an immense amount. And I do feel, in that sense, that God has given me, has blessed me with an opportunity as a person. Forget about all this political stuff. As a person, I’ve had the opportunity to have a wonderful life, to find myself now, truly enjoying the depths of my life in ways that I never dreamed it was possible to have a life that was that nice.”
The Left, Right, and everywhere in between are all over this. No shocker there.
Curious what the angle is though for the Lefties. Aren’t they the ones that give Dems passes when scandals emerge in their private lives? Aren’t they the folks that purport to “not care” about matters such as this in the first place?
- Newt Gingrich: I Cheated On My Wives Because I Love America Too Much
- Newt on why he ditched his first two wives: “Partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country”
- Gingrich: “I do believe in a forgiving God”
- GINGRICH’S PATRIOTISM LED HIM TO CHEAT ON HIS WIVES. …
- Newt’s Family Values Problem
- Gingrich Explains His Divorce(s)
- Newt Gingrich: I Cheated On My Wife Because I Was So Busy Trying To Impeach Clinton