The political and media world rocked this week by yet another scandal out of Washington. Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York confessed under pressure for his inappropriate actions in cyberspace. Apparently, Weiner sent lewd pictures of himself to several women along with a flood of sexually charges texts. His behavior has deeply marred his reputation, deeply wounded his wife, and made his name a laughing-stock around the nation. Once a shinning star in the Democratic party with his eyes set toward a possible run for the office of mayor of New York, Weiner now must wrestle with how to get up and move on with his life.
Weiner has learned a difficult lesson the hard way. We would be wise to learn from his example. The world-wide web can lure you into making some horrible mistakes. It gives the allusion of privacy, yet it is far more public can one might imagine.
In the parable of the soils, Jesus pointed out the significance of what happens below the surface. Roots bring forth life. Roots run deep and rarely can be seen, yet they hold the secret to everything that happens above the surface.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus pointed out how what is done in secret counts. The real test of spirituality emerges in secret. Who we are when no one is looking tells the real story.
Solomon had it right when he wrote years ago:
13 Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NIV
In reality there are no hidden things–especially in the eyes of God. The cyber-world reflects eternity. Once you hit the enter key the whole world can know what you did.
As I pray for Rep. Weiner and his wife during this trial of his own making, I pray God will protect my heart from the lure of secret sins. I must remind myself daily the warning the Lord gave to Cain in the earliest days of the human race:
7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” (Genesis 4:7 NIV)
The next time you go to your secret place meet God there and slam the door to sin crouching there to destroy you.