Proverbs 14:34 says “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.” Character in leadership makes a difference. This is true whether in the fields of politics, religion, sports, or media. People in leadership become examples that others look up to. There moral character matters along with their competence in the work they do. Unfortunately, our society has been more and more able to separate the two, and give excuses for poor moral character. We love the phrase, “nobody’s perfect”, or “we’re all sinners”. That seems to excuse whatever we want to do, or accept in others. Of course it is true. No one is perfect. We all sin. But Scripture always holds leaders to a higher standard. A people need leaders they can look up to rather than excuse. The Bible certainly shows its share of leaders who had great faults, but the ones God could use were the ones who were willing to repent and turn from their sin rather than justify themselves and continue as if it didn’t matter. I’m afraid in too many areas today we are wiling to overlook wrongdoing bringing reproach on our people. It’s time for thinking more seriously what righteousness means.