If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9

Should our political leaders be squeaky clean? Does it matter that they are coming out with confessions and profuse apologies – or not – about what they have done in the past? Does it make them unsuitable for political leadership? We would like to think that our political leaders are beyond reproach, but of course that is not and never has been the case. Some of our greatest leaders would not stand up to close scrutiny concerning their personal lives or some of the political decisions they have made for the good of the country, or to further their own careers. However, we do like to have other people’s dirty washing aired in public, because it makes us feel a little self-righteous and perhaps detracts from our own shortcomings. As Christians, we believe everyone needs the forgiveness of Jesus and a chance to begin again. That is not to excuse past behaviour or condone current behaviour, but to lay it at the cross. Before we start throwing stones at our politicians perhaps we need to examine ourselves.