Mark Sanford’s “King David” Strategy
Since there is no one embraced by evangelicals quite like a sinner who repents, S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is branding himself as a “King David”-style leader who will use his “fall from grace” with an Argentinian lover to rebuild his family and refocus on his job – which as of today is still governor of South Carolina.
Sanford made the reference after holding a meeting with his Cabinet, his first public appearance since Wednesday’s shocking admission of infidelity.
Here’s an excerpt from the governor’s statement, which was released by his office earlier this afternoon:
I remain committed to rebuilding the trust that has been committed to me over the next 18 months, and it is my hope that I am able to follow the example set by David in Bible – who after his fall from grace humbly refocused on the work at hand. By doing so, I will ultimately better serve in every area of my life, and I am committed to doing so.
“The Trust Committed to Me,” incidentally, is the title of the book Sanford wrote during his time in Congress.
In a heavily Christian state like South Carolina, such a move by Sanford makes sense.
But given that several details of Sanford’s confession don’t seem to match up with the details surrounding his “sin,” it is fascinating to see just how far down this road the governor is letting himself go.