The inordinate amount of attention of the news cycle on the upcoming trial of Bill Cosby for sexual assault and the unearthing of President Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct from the 1990s, by the presumed presidential head of the Republican Party, Donald Trump, might be leading some persons to think that questions of morality in leadership have boiled down to one word – SEX. So, let me enter into the discourse by offering that while it is not my wish to trivialize the lurid behavior of anyone who engage in unscrupulous sexual practices, I wish to make clear that we are not to be so focused on sexual behavior so that we forget the breath of issues that are to be brought into the discussion on morality.
For example, let us ask how much do we need to talk about morality in regards to our relationship with our neighbors? Are we concerned for their plight? How much are we concerned with the morality of war and the proliferation of devastating weaponry? How much are we bothered about the care of the earth? How concerned are we about the refugee crisis in Europe? How much are we willing to deal with the inequities in education across our land? What import does homelessness have for us? How much are we concerned about wage inequities? These questions are not progressive and liberal concerns, but for every one who has any relationship to the great Moral Power of the Universe. The News Media might not be placing some of these issues to the fore, but those who seek to lead need to demonstrate that they are passionate about them, because society will only be better off when these issues are ameliorated. Or let me say it simply, that while some candidates who are running for political office might not have any interest in these issues, as a public, we need to challenge them to be more engaged with them.
As a spiritual leader I am quite concerned that even Bible believers are accepting the limited way in which the media and some politicians deal with the question of morality. But we might note the broad base with which the Bible focuses on morality by just quoting two passages.
Romans 13:8-10 “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
It is my sincere hope that those of us in leadership roles will be led to focus more on a moral compass of leadership that goes beyond the trivialization of morality.