What do Anthony Weiner, Bob Filner, Eliot Spitzer, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy and Bill Clinton all have in common?
Think about it. It’s not a political party answer. Obviously we can easily swing right and throw out names like Mark Sanford, Newt Gingrich, Larry Craig, Mark Foley and David Petraeus. There are several answers to this question. One answer - they all had or have a human failure problem.
Thomas Jefferson is reported to have had six children with a mistress slave. How would that play out on cable news today? Ralph Abernathy reported in his book that King had a problem with white prostitutes and that a mistress was in the motel the night he was killed in Memphis. John F. Kennedy was reported to have had several affairs including one with Marilyn Monroe. His brother Bobby was also alleged to have been involved with Monroe. Roosevelt was accused of having numerous women in his life including a twenty-year affair with his secretary. And then there was Bill Clinton.
Jimmy Carter drew national attention when he admitted to being an adulterer during his Presidential campaign. He said he had committed adultery many times. He referred to what Jesus said in Matthew 5:27 -28 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery. But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” I suppose a new translation of the Bible someday may say if a person has lusted after another person. It could work both ways. Carter was further criticized because he gave this interview to Playboy magazine.
I think there is a difference between thinking something and actually doing it...but according to Jesus human failure begins in the heart and this is what Carter was talking about.