Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is in the news again. This time for racist pictures in his medical-school yearbook. Now many are calling for his resignation. But should this incident, which happened over 30 years ago, require him to quit the governorship? The political left demands a pound of flesh because it has no category of forgiveness, redemption or repentance.  But these principles have shaped our civilization: we are fallen sinners who need forgiveness from God and from our fellow man. But there is no room for that today. Instead revenge and bitterness fill the void.  Northam might have been racially insensitive or even outright bigoted but not today. Which leaves us with this thought: if we can't find room for repentance and forgiveness there's little hope that any of us could hold public office.