Wait… constantly cheating on your wife makes you normal?

This is the actual interview which Newt Gingrich had with David Brody:

David Brody: I’m curious; when I talk to evangelicals they bring up the word forgiveness. They say you know what, the media wants to bash you for the past, for some of the marital issues of the past, but yet, when I talk to evangelicals, they’re like been there, done that, regarding forgiveness. And that is very important. What does that say to you? The sentiment of forgiveness from evangelicals?

Newt Gingrich: Well, I think it’s important. It’s also important that they recognize that I have not hidden from the facts of my life, that I have confessed my weaknesses, and that I have had to go to God for forgiveness and for reconciliation. And I think most people can identify, either with themselves or with loved ones, that life has moments that are very sad, you wish wouldn’t have occurred. And you look back on them and you seek forgiveness for not having done everything you could have.

So, I think in that sense, it may make me more normal than somebody who wanders around seeming perfect and maybe not understanding the human condition, and the challenges of life for normal people.

Normal people have weaknesses – yes. Normal people, however, do not cheat on their dying first wife or their life-long diseased second wife while seemingly asking her for an open marriage. I don’t get this…

Has the Republican Party just completely given up the facade of the party of public values?

And yet the man who is faithfully married to the same women for years, two wonderful and happy daughters…that is the great moral menace?

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10 Replies to “Wait… constantly cheating on your wife makes you normal?”

  1. They all disgust me, though I must say that the 45 minutes I caught of the SOTU was not too nauseating. I actually liked some of it.
    He’s actually a personable sort, it seems.

  2. I’m confused. It’s normal for people to sin, but only certain sins and only a certain number of times? Then you get to decide that someone isn’t normal anymore? No one is under any obligation to like what he did. No one is under any obligation to support his candidacy. You would think, however, that the one thing we are obligated to do as Christians is to forgive people who have confessed and repented of their sins. When Gingrich has cheated on and abandoned his wife seventy times seven times, then maybe we can start to talk about whether or not this kind of vitriolic denunication is appropriate.

    1. A.W., tell me… would you forgive a pedophile and allow them to be a manager at a daycare?

      Pedophilia is a sin… is that normal?

      We are dealing with a couple of different things here, aren’t we?

      1. Yes, I would forgive a pedophile, and the idea that a question like that would somehow trap me is nonsense. There is no sin which falls outside the bounds of forgiveness (save the one “unforgivable sin” mentioned by Christ, whatever you want to believe that was). As to letting a pedophile work in a daycare, of course not. But that has nothing to do with not forgiving him. It has to do with not putting stumbling blocks before a brother. I wouldn’t leave a repentant alcoholic with the keys to my liquor cabinet either. It isn’t because I don’t think alcoholics are normal or that they don’t merit forgiveness. It’s because I would be a terrible Christian to invite temptation on my Christian brother. Meanwhile, I’ve been on ministry teams with churches that had specific guidelines for how they could respect and involve repentant pedophiles into ministries not involving direct contact with children. Pedophiles, like Newt Gingrich, are people and, as Christians, deserving of our love and forgiveness. Not our derision.

        1. A.W.,

          No one is saying that that they wouldn’t forgive Newt. I would go so far as to say that it is not our place to forgive Newt, since the sin wasn’t against us. That sin was between him, his multiple wives, and God.

          The issue, however, is not one of forgiveness, but of character. The man has a deficit of character, and while we are required to forgive him, say for laying to the American public time and time again, that doesn’t mean we have to trust him, especially since he has proven himself less than trustworthy on just about everything he has come in contact with.

          The fact is, is that Newt has said that he loved his country, so he cheated… that cheating makes him a better person… that cheating makes him normal. This is not derision to suggest that none of these statements are actually true, and if one cannot actually confess the cause of his sins, and instead continues to excuse them, then we must question his actual repentance. This is not about forgiveness, but about trust.

          1. Actually, the issue isn’t his character, and he didn’t say that cheating was normal. With regard to the first, I have no interest in defending his character. That’s probably why I made no reference to it and specifically said that I had no interest in whether or not you liked him or thought he would be president. The issue here is your deceleration that having weakness is normal but that Gingrich’s particular brand of weakness is not. As a matter of fact, it is completely normal (in the sense of typical), but your response to his adultery seems to be out of touch with that fact. Does your response to Gingrich with his three wives parallel Christ’s response to the woman at the well with five husbands and a lover? Is your response to his adultery parallel to Christ’s response to the woman caught in the act of adultery? My objection has nothing to do with whether or not Gingrich is a good person with a virtuous character and everything to do with whether or not your response (and the response of those commenting) is consonant with the Gospel.

            As to the second issue, you are misrepresenting what Gingrich said, something easily demonstrate by simply reviewing the quotes you yourself posted. He never says cheating on your wife is normal. He says admitting your sinfulness is normal, and he contrasts that to the abnormal behavior of people who seem to want to pretend they are without sin. Has Gingrich appropriately owned up to all the sin in his life? Beats me. Are the other candidates being disingenuous about their own moral rectitude? I have no idea. What I do know is that there is nothing in the above quote that substantiates the accusation that Gingrich said cheating makes him normal.

          2. A.W., look at the conversation again – the fact is, is that Newt believes that his sinning, which in this case is cheating, makes him more normal than Romney who is “seemingly perfect.”

            Weakness is human, however, by suggesting that cheating will make him a better president, or that sinning makes him more human, is simply silly.

            You keep trying to make me respond to something that I’m not even talking about. This is not as you are trying to make it, something about forgiveness. Read my previous comments. This is about character, something that while Newt may have repentance and forgiveness, doesn’t have.

            Again, I would suggest that you read the article again

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