Good evening! It’s 9:30 PM on a Friday evening, and am writing this from the parking lot of my apartment complex. I just got back in from running an errand and am still in the car! Clearly, I didn’t plan to write this post today, but God had other ideas.￼
Earlier today, I was looking online for inspiration for my Friday humor post, but was cut to the quick to read of yet another prominent Christian figure who had not only fallen into a wanton lifestyle, but seemed to relish doing so.
This grieves me.
And while I know that I’m not above any particular sin (given the right set of circumstances, all of us can veer off course. Few of us actually intend to do it, but it still happens), I am still appalled to hear about this particular story, and the exploitation it engendered.
Truthfully, it’s not even the blatant sin that bothers me — it is the hypocrisy.￼ To be given such a public platform for ministry (even it the person was not a minister per se) and then use it for such nefarious purposes just makes me sad. And let this be a warning to us all! I will be doing some careful heart examination over the next few days to deal with the stuff that I am hanging onto that simply doesn’t belong there. In my mind, this is how the backsliding begins.￼
And if I am saddened by this, imagine God’s heart in this particular matter — for both the victims and the perpetrator. And for us, too, when we travel into such dangerous waters and then seem to relish being nearly swept away by the choppy currents. 😥
So you’ll have to forgive me if today’s post isn’t chock-full of the cheer and humor that I normally share on Fridays. I’m not feeling particularly humorous in light of today’s news. I am grieved for our world, our country, my state (California = modern day Babylon), and the city in which I live. I am grieved by what our children and grandchildren are being taught in schools. I am grieved by the way that we are able to talk about practically anything and everything publicly (with support and acclaim) but Jesus or the Bible.
I’m grieved by the breakdown of the American family.￼ I am grieved by the testimony of the church — the bride of Christ — before the ￼watching world. I am grieved that we live in a world where narcissism is considered a virtue, celebrities and professional athletes are worshiped for their vanity￼, and where our culture redefines issues that God has already clearly stated as a “false way” in His Word.
Yes, things will likely be different tomorrow. Perhaps I will even post a funny image or joke then.
But not today. Definitely not today.