Disgust and sadness are the two reigning emotions when a “good, Christian” Principal is caught in a prostitution sting. You wonder, did he not see it coming?
The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. How about the fear of being caught, of losing all respect, of going to prison? Shouldn’t that fear stop you from doing something you know is wrong?
Some people don’t like the fact that God is a God of judgment as well as a God of love. They want only the mercy, only the love. But God is balanced, and he knows our frames, knows who we are. He has set before us life and death, blessing and cursing and knows that some will choose death, will choose cursing for their lives; and yet, he tells us, “Choose life.”
He tells us to follow him, not because he’s the Pied Piper of heaven; but because he knows that if we follow in his steps we will be blessed, we will live a life of love, of concern for others, of “joy unspeakable and full of glory.” The plans he has for us are for good and not for evil.
The school principal that was caught in the prostitution sting this week has nothing but shame and hardness and hard time to look forward to. Wouldn’t it have been better to fight the lust, to turn off the internet, and the TV, to stop watching the pornography and stop thinking about what kind of prostitute he wanted (as was described) and to just enjoy—in a healthy way—his family, his job, his friends?
Fear is good. Fear of God, fear of embarrassment, fear of prison—any of these could have kept him from the place he finds himself today.