This week’s news contains disturbing news of another potential scandal in the making involving a large church, a powerful ministry, and the lives of several young men who claim to be victims. I won’t even mention names, because as is often the case, the individual is being tried in the court of popular media and opinion before all facts are known. Several facts are clear. We are fallible human beings that sometimes seem hopelessly broken. People love to revel in hypocrisy and rub our Christian noses in it when they even get a hint we might deserve it. We as Christians need to trust God for wisdom and mercy to keep our business straight because the world is very willing to give us a hand doing so!
Christians claim to have what the world is desperately seeking. That makes them jealous sometime. Because of our faith we understand that life is infused with meaning and purpose, and that each of us has a specific reason to live. We are not just another species of animal placed on the earth to live, breathe, eat, and die. The Master Architect has designed us for his purpose and if we chose to seek Him, He will reveal that purpose piece by piece throughout our lives (Isa. 46:9, 10). This allows us to live a life of purpose and meaning, which so many are seeking. One of the biggest dangers to realizing our full purpose and potential is that we will get distracted.
David had it all. He had the good looks (1 Sam. 16:12). He was young and courageous, able to defeat giants that left others trembling (1 Sam. 17:37). He had friends in high places (1 Sam. 18:1), married the king’s daughter (1 Sam. 18:22), and had a very successful military career. He was a “man after God’s own heart” and became the king of Israel. Life was not always easy, but he had it pretty good until one day he got distracted. It was the woman on the roof.
David was awake one evening and took a stroll on the roof top of his palace residence on top of Mt. Zion (1 Sam 11:1-17). He could see the other roof tops from his vantage point and saw something beautiful that caught his attention – the figure of a woman bathing at night in the privacy of her own roof top residence. He was taken by her beauty—he had to have her though she was the wife of another. This desire led to adultery and murder. It led to the death of an innocent child conceived by his lover and problems in his household that would never depart though out his lifetime (1 Sam. 12:9-16). All this because David was distracted in a moment of weakness. Read the rest of this entry »