“. . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, . . .” That’s from Romans 3:23, and is a common expression to excuse someone –anyone – from wrong doing, especially if they are Christian or religious. If you buy into the “original sin” thing (which I don’t), that might seem to make sense. But it doesn’t make sense.
It is saying that we are all bad, according to the original sin concept, and that any of us can make mistakes or “sin” in life. But let’s think about this for a minute. That means that the minister, priest, rabbi, pastor, imam etc, walking around the street can be forgiven for the same immoral, illegal, bad acts made by anyone of us.
I have heard that from ministers and other religious types, particularly when I have brought up some legal or moral lapse of someone of the cloth. Most recently I heard it from a minister’s wife when telling her the long ago tale of the youth minister and his wife in the church attended by my wife, now deceased.
I was conversing with this nice lady at a church picnic and telling her of the youth pastor’s wife who was “doing” every male church member that she could. We all know what “doing” is in this context – sexual impropriety – although which of the several varieties of available was not disclosed. In any case, male members of this church were getting their wicks wet with a young girl other than their wives.
It was, as you could imagine, quite a scandal, and the youth preacher and his wife had to move. This according to the minister’s wife with whom my wife and I were enjoying, lunch was covered by the Romans 3:23 section of the Bible excuses. I’m sorry, but I am not buying this. Let me tell you why.
First, I hold ministers and other religious types to a higher standard than the rest of us in the general population. Whether you look at it from the standpoint of the Bible, Ten Commandments, cultural concepts, legality or anything else, it is wrong. Similarly it would be wrong for a minister to shoplift, steal, embezzle, commit adultery, kill his wife, or anything else of this type. And yes, there are examples of this and more on the documentary mystery/murder shows of the cable channels.
Let’s look at this a different way. You should hold anyone up to a higher standard in the field in which he or she is working and living. You are a cop, lawyer, or judge? You know – or should know – the law and be held to the highest standards. There is no excuse.
I have a friend who has a concealed permit carry for a firearm in his state. But with his permit and instructions for same, he will be held to a higher standard than others if he ever has to use his gun.
I am a writer on fishing with thousands of articles, columns for four major newspapers and 28 books to my credit. I am and should be held to a higher standard as to fisheries laws and regulations, required permits, licenses and stamps for specific fishing areas.
I don’t buy it at all that ministers, pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and such should get a pass or not held to a higher standard when violating secular, religious, moral and ethical laws. After all, they are violating “God’s law” of which they are the teachers and moral examples in this life. There is no excuse.