Way back in 2005, Danielle Peck had a minor hit with the above song "I Don't." The chorus was catchy, but somewhat unbelievable — "You say I should stay with you/ That Jesus forgives you/ You pray I will, but I won't/ The difference is Jesus loves you, I don't." After all, what kind of douchenozzle says "Jesus forgives me, so maybe it's time you do?"
It just seems hard to believe that a person could do so wrong and then try to guilt the wronged parties into being better Christians and just getting over it. I mean, certainly, there's not a real person on the whole planet who would, oh, let's say encourage his wife to have two abortions, get on the phone and harangue one of his mistresses about having an abortion, sleep with patients while allegedly providing them with prescriptions for drugs and then lying to voters about the whole thing, and then turn around and judge others for not being good enough Christians to forgive him.
Oh, right, Scott DesJarlais. He would totally do that.
The freshman 4th District congressman told Nashville conservative talk show host Ralph Bristol on Friday that he doesn't intend to resign and will seek re-election in 2014.
DesJarlais said he believes in "grace and redemption," adding, "I think God gave me a second chance."
"And I think unless some people see some sort of political advantage to grace and redemption ... they don't want to practice it on their own," the congressman continued.
"I don't know what the reason is behind that, but I know God's forgiven me. ... I simply ask my fellow Christians and constituents to consider doing the same for me."
I would encourage DesJarlais' fellow Christians and constituents to also consider the words of the unlikely theologian Danielle Peck, who rightly realized that expecting that you get to have your life back exactly how you want, regardless of the feelings of others, just because you think God said it's cool, is really unfair to those others.
God may, indeed have forgiven DesJarlais for his sins. That doesn't mean those sins don't still have consequences.