It's not a moral, rigid list of do's and don'ts just for the heck of do's and don'ts; it is indeed to protect us from ourselves ...
Sin is, in fact, grounded in this notion of 'what is it that I want' as opposed to somebody else ...
There are moral absolutes, and God's law is indeed there to protect you from yourself, and there are consequences if you breach that. This press conference is a consequence.
I agree with Mark Sanford, that there are moral absolutes, and God's law is indeed in place to
protect you, and if you violate God's law you suffer the consequences. But what are the
consequences that Mr. Sanford will suffer, just a press conference where the sin comes to light
or is there more to come? I believe more is to come and may not be known for sometime, you see
Mr. Sanford lacks a prophet of God as King David had to tell him the consequences. The prophet
King David, like Governor Sanford, was not doing his job as a king, or in other words, King David
was hiking the Appalachian Trail when he should of been at war with his troops. The boredom
brought about the sin, then the cover-up (I am sure Mr. Sanford has been covering his tracks
even though we do not know the full extent at this time), and the sin comes to light just as Mr.
Sanford's sin came to light today.
David's scarlet letter came to light through the prophet Nathan in 2 Samuel 12:
12:1 Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said, "There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor.
2 "The rich man had a great many flocks and herds.
3 "But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb Which he bought and nourished; And it grew up together with him and his children. It would eat of his bread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom, And was like a daughter to him.
4 "Now a traveler came to the rich man, And he was unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd, To prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him; Rather he took the poor man's ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him."
5 Then David's anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, "As the LORD lives, surely the man who has done this deserves to die.
6 "He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion."
7 Nathan then said to David, "You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel, 'It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul.
8 'I also gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your care, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you many more things like these!
9 'Why have you despised the word of the LORD by doing evil in His sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon.
Nathan exposed King David's sin, but he does not stop there, he forges ahead and tells the King the consequences of his sin:
10 'Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.'
11 "Thus says the LORD, 'Behold, I will raise up evil against you from your own household; I will even take your wives before your eyes and give them to your companion, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight.
12 'Indeed you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, and under the sun.'"
2 Samuel 12:14 "However, because by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die."
What were King David's consequences?
1. Family Torn Apart BY THE SWORD;
2. Evil against your Family, your wives taken and defiled;
3. The consequences shall be public to the nation;
4. The child conceived by the sin will die.
I do not see the press conference as a consequence to Mark Sanford's sin, I see that as exposing the sin, I believe God sees it that way also. So if the press conference is not (the) (or) a consequence of Mr. Sanford's sin, then what is?
At this point I can only speculate, but relationships have been torn between Mr. Sanford and God, Mr. Sanford and his wife, Mr. Sanford and his family, and Mr. Sanford and South Carolina. From those torn relationships will come consequences that will be public for the nation to see, but hopefully, from the humility, forgiveness, and consequences, Mr. Sanford will be restored just as King David was restored. Remember, "All have sinned and have come short of the glory of God."