Thankfully my daughter kept me abreast with the "Big Happenings" in the world. Which lead to her telling me about the latest media scandal concerning the---"Ashley Madison Website". As we talked this over, we agreed, it is one thing to sin---but to purposefully set out on the course of deceit and adultery--defies explanation. And what is it going to take for people to understand---there is NOTHING hidden on the WWW. The delete button only causes it to disappear from your view---sort of like closing the file drawer--the file is hidden from view when you close that drawer--but the file is still there--it did not disappear. It NEVER truly disappears and there are really no secrets on the WWW. Highly secure and impenetrable websites are candy to the hackers eye. Ask Hilary Clinton. Playing with fire is dangerous and you will get burned if you get too close. The footprint of your trails through the WWW are forever etched and if anyone cares enough--it can all be traced.
As I understand there was a LONG list of those who wanted to "Play" on the website. But of course--most could care less who was on the list---UNLESS you might know them---OR they were someone who purported to live by a higher standard. Nothing works to make us feel better about ourselves than to point out the failings of others. The sad truth is---the world is sitting ---waiting to point fingers at Christians--especially---and say---GOTCHA! We hold ourselves out to live in the footsteps of Jesus and follow His example of righteous living. For this reason---we are watched---examined--and quickly condemned when we not only don't follow in His footsteps, but can't even find the path. Our propensity to muddy the image of Jesus delights the fallen world around us.
This is not intended to be a condemnation on anyone---but rather a reminder of our responsibility. Why do you suppose God desires us to live by His precepts and commands, even though we have freedom from The Law? His desire is for us to live life abundantly and joyfully. In this Fallen World, it is difficult to live according to how we say we will. We slip up---we take a peek--at the forbidden. We fall short of our goal--BUT the power of redemption is always right at our fingertips. The strength of the Gospel is the message of grace poured out upon us when we turn from the intended defeat of The Enemy.
So what did I learn from my sabbatical? To quote a man of GREAT wisdom, "There is nothing new under the sun." Life rolled along--even with me disconnected. The Enemy is hotly pursuing the downfall of those who call upon The Name of Jesus. We all have feet of clay and even disappoint ourselves more than we care to admit. AND
that God loves us beyond reason---in spite of it all!
COMING TOMORROW--THE FINAL CHAPTERS