The AP reported South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford saying: “I’ve been unfaithful to my wife,” he said in a news conference in which the 49-year-old governor ruminated on God’s law, moral absolutes and following one’s heart. He said he spent the last five days “crying in Argentina.”
Sanford, who in recent months had been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2012, said he would resign as head of the Republican Governors Association.
…By leaving the country without formally transferring power, critics said he neglected his gubernatorial authority and put the state at risk. It wasn’t clear how his staff could reach him in an emergency.
At least one state lawmaker called for his resignation. As a congressman, Sanford voted in favor of three of four articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, citing the need for “moral legitimacy.”
www.PaulFDavis.com – author of United States of Arrogance
But Warren “Cubby” Culbertson, a longtime friend who said he has been counseling Sanford, said the governor was accepting responsibility for his actions.
“Any man can fall. But it takes a real man to get up and honestly, from his heart, confess that he was wrong,” Culbertson said. “And he’s going to try to change.”
Paul F. Davis author of Adultery 101 and Breakthrough For A Broken Heart agrees believing in redemption. “God can redeem and transform any man willing to humble himself and earnestly reform his ways.”
“Nevertheless Governor Sanford has some inner work to do and restoration to pursue if his marriage is to be healed and reconciled. I pray God’s best for him and his family.” Davis said.
www.PaulFDavis.com – a man who knows adultery firsthand when his ex-wife of 5 years had an affair and broke his heart, after which Davis forgave, pursued restoration and attended counseling (but when his wife was unrepentant and uncooperative …Davis divorced on Biblical grounds and years later has happily remarried).
Davis warns, “We all should be humble and consider our ownselves. Pray that you don’t succumb to temptation – something we all face in an era when divorce and adultery are prevalent in our country. We all have our days of anger, loneliness, and moments when the seductive eyes of a temptress momentarily seem appealing. Yet when you evaluate the totality of the shame and pain that follow dishonorable departures from marital fidelity, it helps us stay on course and live honorably. Nevertheless staying true and faithful to God, your spouse, and country is challenging and never easy. Therefore let us bow our knees and ask God for strength to say no to ourselves when we are tempted to stray.”