"It is a mindless philosophy that assumes that one's private beliefs have nothing to do with public office. Does it make sense to entrust those who are immoral in private with the power to determine the nation's moral issues and, indeed, its destiny? .... The duplicitous soul of a leader can only make a nation more sophisticated in evil."
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Dr. Zacharias is exactly right. What kind of integrity is divided between the public and the private? Indeed integrity demands a continuity between what is seen and unseen in an individual's life.
 -- Anonymous, Athens, GA     
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     -- David Whitehurst, Perry,Ga      
     -- Anonymous      
     -- Anonymous      
    very true
     -- M, cincinnati     
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    absolutely true.
     -- Tony, Toronto,Ont.     
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    Exactly!!!!!!! I love this guy is so amazing
     -- Morgan, Lewisburg,WV     
    I wish we could hear a debate between Dr. Zacharias and all of the presidential candidates.
     -- K Dunn, Kansas City     
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    Dr. Zacharias is absolutely right. This is a perfect answer to those who try to deceive the countrymen and enjoy the leadership rights giving fake smile and promises, and get to the heights of administration through the loop hole of democracy. Criminals, Murderers, Fascists, Racists and Seducers becomes the policy makers. Ridiculous indeed!!!!!
     -- Bipin P. Varghese, Kottayam, Kerala, India     
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     -- benny, jhabua      
    Correct indeed, who you are in private is the real you
     -- Novelette, Jamaica     
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     -- Leigh Healy, Memphis      
     -- Victoria, Chattanooga, TN      
    Dr. Zacharaias is correct by stating this. For a person without knowledge of the moral cannot in fact determine what the moral of a society shall be.
     -- oscar, Vienna     
    Where have all the moral leaders gone? Is it too much to ask for a leader who tells the truth and does not have self serving intentions.
     -- IIIrdI, Basra Iraq     
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    a leader cannot have double standards and expect his nation or any institution not to follow the same path.
     -- Gamini de Silva, Sri Lanka [country]     
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    A true statement from one of the best Christian philosophers of our time.
     -- David, Forked River, NJ     
    His words are well placed and if only we could have leaders thinking along this lines the world would have been spared of much trouble.
     -- Dr Richard Wanyonyi, Thika-Kenya     
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    I agree 100%.
     -- John Dodds, Bothell, WA     
     -- noi, Bacolod, Negros, Philippines      
     -- Marty, Canberra      
     -- Parthiban, Coimbatore, India      
    Absoultely true
     -- Milton, India     
    100% true...very true in every way God bless you.
     -- Ben Klomanyi, Accra,Ghana     
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    I agree.
     -- Chas., Roswell Ga.     
    100% correct!!!!!!!!
     -- Kathleen, Pittsburgh, Pa.     
     -- helen, jamestown      
    Truth perverted over many generations, immorality becomes the new morality. The shrine prostitutes of morality check their Rolex as they wait for the donation plates to be filled while the youth, distracted, send text messages. The politicians continue to sell America to the lowest bidder. Mothers, holding their truth, pour out their love to their babies, hoping there is one good man left that will do his duty and protect childhood for her baby. When chasing money, the truth of morality is sold cheap, due to a shortage of time.
     -- chuck, Ann Arbor, MI     
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     -- jim k, Austin, Tx      
    So when we elect a leader to office in the US, why is it that we ignore their socialist tendencies and settle for the lesser of two evils? Socialism should be ingrained in American youth and culture as completely repulsive and as Anti-American a philosophy as can be found. Romney or Obama = Socialism.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    For the most part, the Council on Foreign Relations hand-picks from its members the Democrats and Republicans to appear in primaries and ballots. That is why we always get a lackey for government debt and subservience to the globalist-banker agenda. The media is absolutely controlled by the CFR. Morality has nothing to do with politics any more (other than a few exceptions throughout history) and religion is used but as a cloak of morality. Truly, Ron Paul has more integrity than anyone running for office today. Time to impose TERM LIMITS because once these traitors get into office, it is almost impossible to get them out.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Torika      
    "The trouble with normal is IT ALWAYS GETS WORSE!" -Bruce Cockburn
     -- Bryan, Northampton, MA.     
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    Welcome to Amerika. Working from John Adams statement: Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. Once a people accept carnal gods' immoral canons of sophisticated evil, such as compelled compliance, government license, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity (second plank of the communist manifesto, Social Security, police state confiscations, funny money, etc.), alienation of nature's endowed rights and all other forms of malefactor tyranny, that same people are witnessed by their further and harmonizing immoralities like lying, cheating, all forms of sexual perversions, infidelity, violence, etc., etc., etc.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Tom, Tome, from Tamam, Taw-mam, a prime root. Tom- Tome signifies completeness in the following senses, fullness, innocency or simplicity, integrity, uprightness, perfect, perfection. Tamam a prime root, expresses moral and ethical soundness. The basic meaning of this word is that of being complete or finished, with nothing else expected or intended.
    I kings 9:4 " And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and will keep my statutes and my judgements: Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom."
    Psalm 25:21 "Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee."
    Ps 26:2 " Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart."
    Ps 26:11,12 " But as for me, I will walk in my integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me. My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the Lord.
    Ps 78:72 " So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the Skilfulness of his hands."
    Prov 11:3 " The integrity of the upright shall guide them.
    Prov 19:1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool."
    Prov 20:5,7 " Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out. The just man walketh in his integrity: His children are blessed after him."
    These last two references are Keys to patience, Prov 25:2 " It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.
    II Timothy 2:15 " Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, Rightly dividing the word of Truth." This "cutting Aright" is a continual process throughout the entire New and Old Testaments. Liberty is never oppression. " Lord, thou has heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress." We the People are Set At Liberty Claim it ! God Bless and Semper FI
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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