Doing Right for Bad Reasons

I have taken this short text out of my old archives.  Signs of the Times,  Australian lifestyle magazine published it late 1998. The reason I find this article still relevant today is that even today, number of years later, there are many who, driven by various dishonest reasons, are still digging into the Bill Clinton – Lewinski case is if it happened only yesterday. This time they are doing it because they want to bring Hillary Clinton down by association. Moreover, it is interesting to read this text in the light of the challenges the former Clinton investigator Kenneth Starr is facing at this time. He might as well be completely innocent. Nevertheless, his current circumstance could humble him enough to realise that Jesus knew us all very well when He said: “”If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at him/her.” (John 8:7.)


It is immoral what President Clinton did. He committed adultery and he lied.

But there is something more immoral – terribly frightening, disgustingly brutal, abusively unethical which follows the entire case against the President. There is the whole world of difference between whether the President is forced towards the impeachment because of what he did, or whether what he did is taken as a pretext for the impeachment.

The first one stands for the law motivated implementation of justice for the benefit of and example to the nation. The second stands for the frightening concept known as “witch-hunting”.

That there is a heavy element of witch-hunting involved in the entire case, one can clearly see from the way the tireless “prosecutors” celebrate every new “victory”. Each time you think it is over there comes a new surprise – another piece of evidence, more explicit, more damning, more personally humiliating for the President and his family.

One does now wonder what comes next.

That it is wicked to pursue a seemingly righteous cause for immoral reasons, it is clearly seen in the incident when an adulterous woman was brought before Jesus by the concerned leaders of “the people”. I wonder what would Jesus Christ say to both, President Clinton and his “prosecutors”, if he were to take place of the Judge Kenneth Starr? It was the witch-hunting mentality, pleasure in bringing about a total destruction upon the guilty that prompted Jesus to address the accusers rather than the woman caught in adultery: “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7.)

I guess if the same were to be the respected procedure in the Clinton-Lewinski case, the entire case would have ended quickly and very much like the one described in the Gospels.

As far as the President Clinton is concerned, however, he’d better listen to the king David’s prayer of repentance: “Create in me a pure heart, O God.” (Psalm 51:10.). The rest had better learn from the story: “At this, those who heard began to go away one at the time.” (John 8:9.).

Published first by Signs of the Times, Australia, 1998.

About Tihomir Kukolja

Tihomir Kukolja, born in Pozega, Croatia. Studied, lived and worked in Yugoslavia, Croatia, United Kingdom, Australia and the US. Educated in theology, communications, and radio journalism. Worked as a church pastor, media professional, radio producer and presenter, journalist, religious liberty activist, and reconciliation and leadership development activist. Lives in Houston TX, USA. Until recently served as the Executive Director, Forum for Leadership and Reconciliation (Forum), and Director of Renewing Our Minds (ROM) initiative. Loves photography, blogging and social media.
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