There’s this thing that occurs when you change some formatting in Excel from one version to another and this error window pops up…
It always makes me smirk because it sounds so serious! Oh no! Features have been degraded! Yikes!
But of course fidelity is a serious thing. Data file integrity notwithstanding, our society has somewhat lost its edge on faithfulness and the very high price you pay for it. It’s become almost the STANDARD to not be with one person for life any more, and you meet more people who have had multiple sexual partners than those who have not had any or just one – not to mention those who have cheated on a spouse or significant other.
In the church, however, adultery is pretty high up there on the not-to-do list and without exception, cheating ranks up with murder and child abuse. As it should. It is an assault on the very core of who God is and His representation on earth of His love and relationship with His people and it’s no mistake that He uses terms throughout the Bible of adultery and even so far as “whore” when referencing how unfaithful we are to Him. (Read the book of Hosea if you haven’t, one of the most twisted ridiculous dramas of the Bible and therefore one of my favorites.)
Now usually, I appreciate and agree with The Gospel Coalition, an online resource of helpful articles and reflections on all kinds of things from the latest movies to theological interpretations of mimes. (Actually I have no idea if anyone has discussed mimes.) But today’s post got me thinking… http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2012/06/25/7-steps-to-avoid-sexual-sin-and-stay-in-ministry/
I’d love to hear from some of you I know out there who have something to say on the whole topic. The article felt a little trite and formulaic – I mean 7 steps already – and I was a little surprised at… well, never mind. I’m going to leave that open for whomever wants to comment…