Another Sex Scandal-Part I

By Bindu Adai-Mathew 

Another day. Another politician caught in yet another sex scandal. Can we even act surprised anymore?  Last week Rep. Anthony Weiner was caught with his pants down. Literally. He accidentally tweeted a lewd picture of himself that was meant to be private but inadvertedly got posted for everyone to see. He initially claimed someone hacked into his Twitter account, but yesterday he came clean about the photo as well as the fact he had been having inappropriate relationships with 6 different women he met over facebook and twitter over the past three years.  According to CNN, “some of those relationships began before his 2010 marriage and some happened, and continued, afterward.” 2010, people. 2010. Really???? Are you kidding me?  He couldn’t even use the “7 year itch” excuse yet…

It took him 1 week to realize what took Schwarzenegger 14 years to learn and John Edwards several years to learn. The truth, no matter how hard you try to hide it or try to deny it, will come out.

 While all of this sounds more like a recent thing, sex scandals among the rich and powerful have a long, rich history…it dates even back to Bible times.  Don’t believe me? Check out 2 Samuel 11 where our story begins:

1In the spring of the year,a when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. They destroyed the Ammonite army and laid siege to the city of Rabbah. However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem.

2Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath. 3He sent someone to find out who she was, and he was told, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4Then David sent messengers to get her; and when she came to the palace, he slept with her. She had just completed the purification rites after having her menstrual period. Then she returned home. 5Later, when Bathsheba discovered that she was pregnant, she sent David a message, saying, “I’m pregnant.”

Uh oh! Doesn’t this read more like a script for Days of Our Lives or All My Children? But wait, it gets better…(and by better, I mean worse)

6Then David sent word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” So Joab sent him to David. 7When Uriah arrived, David asked him how Joab and the army were getting along and how the war was progressing. 8Then he told Uriah, “Go on home and relax.b” David even sent a gift to Uriah after he had left the palace. 9But Uriah didn’t go home. He slept that night at the palace entrance with the king’s palace guard.

10When David heard that Uriah had not gone home, he summoned him and asked, “What’s the matter? Why didn’t you go home last night after being away for so long?”

11Uriah replied, “The Ark and the armies of Israel and Judah are living in tents,c and Joab and my master’s men are camping in the open fields. How could I go home to wine and dine and sleep with my wife? I swear that I would never do such a thing.”

12“Well, stay here today,” David told him, “and tomorrow you may return to the army.” So Uriah stayed in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13Then David invited him to dinner and got him drunk. But even then he couldn’t get Uriah to go home to his wife. Again he slept at the palace entrance with the king’s palace guard.

14So the next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and gave it to Uriah to deliver. 15The letter instructed Joab, “Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Then pull back so that he will be killed.” 16So Joab assigned Uriah to a spot close to the city wall where he knew the enemy’s strongest men were fighting. 17And when the enemy soldiers came out of the city to fight, Uriah the Hittite was killed along with several other Israelite soldiers.

18Then Joab sent a battle report to David. 19He told his messenger, “Report all the news of the battle to the king. 20But he might get angry and ask, ‘Why did the troops go so close to the city? Didn’t they know there would be shooting from the walls? 21Wasn’t Abimelech son of Gideond killed at Thebez by a woman who threw a millstone down on him from the wall? Why would you get so close to the wall?’ Then tell him, ‘Uriah the Hittite was killed, too.’”

22So the messenger went to Jerusalem and gave a complete report to David. 23“The enemy came out against us in the open fields,” he said. “And as we chased them back to the city gate, 24the archers on the wall shot arrows at us. Some of the king’s men were killed, including Uriah the Hittite.”

25“Well, tell Joab not to be discouraged,” David said. “The sword devours this one today and that one tomorrow! Fight harder next time, and conquer the city!”

26When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. 27When the period of mourning was over, David sent for her and brought her to the palace, and she became one of his wives. Then she gave birth to a son.

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Stay tuned for another episode of All the Days of Their Lives…

Sin’s Dishonor

By JMathis

On this Memorial Day, my thoughts keep turning to that elite team of American military Special Operations Forces that took down Osama Bin Laden. My mind just cannot fathom the type of man who would be a part of a team like this. “Bravery”, “skill”, and “loyalty” are terms that are often thrown around when referring to these US Navy Seals. My sense is, however, that these words are wholly inadequate in describing heroes of this magnitude. Furthermore, words of gratitude from our lips are also wholly insufficient in describing our debt to them.

King David had a similar team of men who fought for him. The Bible calls them “The Thirty”. More skilled in the art of war than anyone in their day, they sacrificed their lives in fierce devotion to David. These special op guys killed giants, confronted assassins, and overthrew kingdoms in protecting and serving David. They laid down the safety and comfort of their own lives, so that the purposes of God, through King David, would be fulfilled.

David owed all of his successes to these men. David owed them his life.

So, how does he repay them?

He sleeps with the wife of one of these special op guys, and then orders that this faithful warrior be killed to cover up his own sin of adultery.

Instead of honoring Uriah on a day like Memorial Day, David dishonored him by acting upon his own selfish lust and taking Bathsheba for himself.

Can you imagine? Is this how you express gratitude to someone who took down the Bin Ladens of your day for you?

Sin has consequences.

It dishonors yourself. It dishonors those who sacrifice on your behalf. It dishonors your God.

It puts selfish desires ahead of a heart of thanksgiving.

In the busyness of being mothers, volunteers, girlfriends, wives, friends, daughters and professionals, we forget to fall onto our knees and repent of the sin that robs us of our honor.

If David logically thought things through, do you think he would want to honor the man who daily sacrificed his life for him with such dishonor? The dishonor of adultery, deceit and murder? Of course not.

But, he did, nonetheless.

Sin has consequences.

On this Memorial Day, take time to remember, memorialize and pay respects to the fallen soldiers who died fighting for your freedoms, who died taking out the Bin Ladens of this world, so that you could live in peace and safety.

On this Memorial Day, take time to also honor your God. The same God who daily fights the Bin Ladens of your personal life, so that you can lead a life of fullness, wholeness, healing and purpose.

John 10:10 says that: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

How are you repaying the God who is battling daily to fight Satan, the thief, the “Bin Laden” who has come to steal from you, to kill you and destroy you?

Through lies, neglect, contention, strife and manipulation? Or, through humility, thankfulness and purity of heart?

Sin has consequences.

Ask for forgiveness and replace your selfish desires with a heart of thanksgiving.

Turn the dishonor of sin into a life of fullness, wholeness, healing and purpose.

Take time to honor the Lord today.