Is there a difference between one’s private and public life? Maybe the question is, should there be? or even, does it matter? Scripture teaches us that the convictions and commitments of our hearts should show in all that we are and do. This points to a very important verse from St. Paul, “Whatever you do whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”(Colossians 3:17) There is nothing here about living two different lives. Whatever we do, whether private or public, comes from what is at the center of our life, and that does make a difference. Of course we sin, and there is forgiveness and restoration, but we live by one standard and not two. This is important for all of us, but I also think it is important in this season of examining candidates for public office. For too long we have tried to excuse bad personal behavior or attitudes, saying that it doesn’t affect the work they do in office. We are one person. Who we are inside makes all the difference in who we are outside. Our Lord continues to work in the deepest parts of our life.