Mark Sanford: We can learn from ‘a God of second chances’

JOSHUA DRAKE REUTERS South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford addresses the media at a news conference at the State House in … Continued



South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford addresses the media at a news conference at the State House in Columbia, South Carolina in this September 10, 2009 file photograph.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ve experienced how none of us go through life without mistakes. But in their wake we can learn a lot about grace, a God of second chances and be the better for it. In that light, I humbly step forward and ask for your help in changing Washington.”

-Mark Sanford, former South Carolina governor and current candidate for Congress from that state, on forgiveness in politics. Sanford resigned from his office in 2009 after admitting that he was having an extramarital affair.

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  • max cady

    Mark Sanford the man who put a whole new meaning to the phrase “Getting a Brazilian”

  • XVIIHailSkins

    Lather, rinse, repeat. I’m starting to think that the main purpose religion serves in the modern world is to help resurrect the careers of venal, amoral politicians.

  • itsthedax

    Mr. Sanford, you didn’t just misbehave, betray your wife and family, and lie to an entire state; you went AWOL while serving as governor. You betrayed an entire state. I know that your cronies at the C Street House / Fellowship think that you’re one of Gods Chosen, and that rules don’t apply to you, but I think you’ve seen that this just isn’t true.

    It doesn’t matter whether you think you’ve been forgiven, you just don’t have the character or judgement necessary for public service.

  • amccormick

    and like so many Christians, Mr. Sanford has made up this “god of second chances”. I don’t recall Uzzah, David’s son, the first-born, those that don’t worship it in the right way (Luke 19) to be offered second chances at all.

  • tony55398

    The God of 2nd, 3rd, 4th and many, many more, as many as you need, in fact, far more than you could ever need.

  • tombukowski

    It’s the smug, tsking, self-righteousness, and Bible thumping before the fall from Grace, that really gets to you. Did his wife forgive him? Then why should we?

  • surfgeorge

    Lying hypocrite deluded by “religion”. What more needs to be said?

    Perhaps the citizens of his state deserve him representing them. That would be sad. Really sad. But it wouldn’t surprise me. If people can repeatedly elect criminals like Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife… anything is possible.

  • buffyj63

    Yes, God forgives — but He also says not to sin in the first place. God can give him a second chance, but that doesn’t mean the voters are required to, whether they are Christians or not. I would not be less Christian for voting for someone else in this race.

  • Secular1

    Max it is Argentina. Don’t cry for me Argentina.

  • Secular1

    Mark can you provide the long form certificate from your sky daddy forgiving you? Once you provide it, we all will forgive you too.

  • Lyle1

    The only chance you should get is to withdraw yourself from the race as you don’t deseve to be on the publics payrole for your lying cheating ways. Got it?

  • greatscott47

    We’re talking about South Carolina here folks. There’s a very good chance this guy will be elected; if he rants long and loud enough about getting “gummint” out of your “bidness” and not raising taxes etc. etc. the proud rednecks of the Palmetto will surely look past a little adultery.

  • edismae

    Sanford’s God of a Second Chance is Doug Coe’s preaching to politicians that they are annointed by God to be in power. He teaches them to emulate Hitler and Mao to get it and keep it.
    That’s the way of The Family/The Fellowship/C Street. Strange Sanford’s connection to that religio-business-political cabal is not mentioned here.


    Has he even ask forgivness of the people?? If so that doesn’t mean they have to elect him again, permitting him to repeat the same offenses and continue to depend on a God of second chances, to forgive him.
    South Carolina, being one of the poorest states in the nation, continue electing leaders who steal and mis-use state revenue for their own personal use.


    Are you prophesying, that it is ok to continue repeating the same sin over and over and God is happy to forgive you over and over for that same sin?

  • sgtpepper23

    GOP’s social conservative motto: “Sin away, ortherwise Jesus died for nothing.”

  • fare777

    Sanford is proof that there is no God! Just a criminal con job on the Gobbers.

  • itsthedax

    So, your god wants us to elect leaders who have a history of going AWOL while in office?

  • duchess3

    Did you apply the same thinking to Bill Clinton?
    (and about 99% of Congress and 100% of the current White House when it comes to lying?)
    Be thankful for the grace of God I’m thinking.

  • PhillyJimi1

    Keep putting money on the collection plate and god will forgive you as many times as you wish.

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