4 Flawed Politicians “Forgiven” by God

It’s fairly common for politicians to use their religious convictions as a selling point with their constituents. But what happens when certain politicians’ scandalous personal lives become public knowledge, demonstrating that they don’t practice what they preach?

Usually, they just lay low for a while before daring to make a comeback. Apologetically, they explain that they have sought and received God’s forgiveness. Rather than distancing themselves from being a moral authority, they double down on the angle, claiming to have gained approval from the Big Guy himself.

It might all seem less jarring if these politicians became less judgmental toward others. Instead, they’re quick to condemn others for similar actions. How fortunate and convenient that God chose to forgive only them!


1. Mark Sanford

How he sinned

While serving as Governor of South Carolina in 2009, Sanford disappeared for a week, claiming to be hiking the Appalachian Trail while he was really in Argentina cheating on his wife. Facing impeachment, Sanford finally resigned and reimbursed public funds that had been used to travel to visit his lover.

How he was forgiven

“I am one imperfect man saved by God’s grace,” Sanford said. “Until you experience human grace as a reflection of God’s grace, I don’t think you really get it.” Despite being South Carolina’s public enemy #1 for years, Sanford successfully sold his story to the voters. Earlier this year, he was elected to Congress.

Who shouldn’t be forgiven

Sanford opposes same-sex marriage and supports a national amendment to ban such unions. It’s an interesting stance for someone who once begged the public to accept that he had fallen in love with his “soul mate” even if people didn’t approve of their relationship.

2. Scott DesJarlais

How he sinned

During his first marriage, DesJarlais had multiple affairs, including with at least two of his patients. Moreover, he pressured his wife and one of his patients to get abortions after impregnating them.

How he was forgiven

“I know God has forgiven me,” DesJarlais said in an interview, going so far as to urge “fellow Christians… [to] consider doing the same.” He actively is trying to push the message of redemption from God now that he has stated his intention to run for reelection next year despite the scandal.

Who shouldn’t be forgiven

Despite strongly advocating for abortions in his personal life, DesJarlais continues to vote to restrict and ban abortions due to his religious convictions. Evidently, God is only willing to forgive the abortions DesJarlais had a role in. Also, this past week, DesJarlais told an 11-year-old girl that her undocumented father should be deported, so add immigrants to the list of people God wouldn’t deem worthy of a second chance.

3. David Vitter

How he sinned

In 2007, the Senator was implicated in a prostitution scandal. After a convicted Washington DC madam confessed that Vitter frequented her brothel, he acknowledged his indiscretions to the public.

How he was forgiven

Though Vitter spoke minimally about the prostitution scandal, he did tell the public, “I asked for and received forgiveness from God.” Voters apparently extended the same forgiveness considering that he managed to win reelection in 2010.

Who shouldn’t be forgiven

Fornicators. David Vitter aggressively promotes abstinence-only education, declaring that sex is something that should be shared only between married couples. You’ll have to ask Vitter why God (and his wife!) have overlooked his out-of-wedlock dalliances while remaining so critical of the consensual, unpaid for relationships of others.

4. Newt Gingrich

How he sinned

The former Speaker of the House has a past that hasn’t sat well with fellow members of the Republican party. Checkered with two divorces and plenty of infidelity, Gingrich’s personal life hardly aligns with his platform of family values.

How he was forgiven

“I found that I felt compelled to seek God’s forgiveness, not God’s understanding, but God’s forgiveness,” Gingrich told a religious crowd. “I do believe in a forgiving God.”

Who shouldn’t be forgiven

While simultaneously having a secret affair of his own, Gingrich led the impeachment takedown of President Bill Clinton for his dalliances with Monica Lewinsky in the 90s. Gingrich believes the fact that Clinton lied under oath about his sex life is what made him unforgiveable.


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Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for the article.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill4 years ago

Everyone makes mistakes. You have to learn and move away from them and not continue to make the same mistakes.

Kurt Arenhold
Kurt Arenhold4 years ago

Did really anyone expect another behavior ? They are what they are.

James L. L.
Marilyn L4 years ago

God may forgive them, but we don't have to elect them to office.

Diane K.
Diane K4 years ago

These politicians shouldn't have to even mention a forgiving God, but evidently they have found a real good excuse to say that!

GGma Sheila D.
Sheila D4 years ago

All I see are five liars and hypocrites. No forgiveness given. Thank you.

Mike Wilkinson
Mike Wilkinson4 years ago

ones belief in ''god'' doesn't excuse bad attitudes, actions, and impacting through bad legislation......hiding behind that veneer of virtue is just another human ''cooking the books'' in the halls of power......especially Newt Gingrich.....I am so fed up with the moralistic posturing of the religious harpies be it from the left or right......you'll find this hippie at Hempfest or at a concert.....that's as close to religion as I can stand.....preachin it ain't livin it!

Stanley R.
Stanley R4 years ago

what a sad commentary

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

Each one is a bigger PUTZ than the other...thanks