Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Eliot Spitzer

Eliot Spitzer loses more than a loaf of bread.

In case you don't know Eliot Spitzer is the governor of New York. He was busted in a prostitution sting.

A man can hire a prostitute for the price of a loaf of bread, but adultery will cost him all he has. Proverbs 6:26. I guess this was before inflation yet the end cost remains the same.

He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself. He will get wounds and dishonor, and his disgrace will not be wiped away. Proverbs 6:32-33

For a prostitute will bring a man to poverty, and an adulteress may cost him his very life. Can a man hold fire against his chest and not be burned? Can he walk on hot coals and not blister his feet? So it is with the man who commits adultery with another's wife. He shall not go unpunished for this sin. Proverbs 6:26-29

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 1 Corinthians 6:18

When I hear stories of high priced call girls, my mind says, “no sex is worth that much.” I think what we see is the cost of sin and bondage. Who in their right mind would do what Eliot Spitzer or Ted Haggard did? So much is risked for so little gain.

That is what sin does to us. It starts out easy and cheap but once it gets a grip on us, the cost skyrockets. Jobs are lost, money is spent, shame overshadows our life, trust is lost, families are broken, disease consumes our body, we do what was once unimaginable, and it’s never as good as it was in the beginning. Usually we are repulsed by our actions yet we can’t get away. We become a slave to the cruel taskmaster of sin.

I have had a bad taste in my mouth for many tears when it comes to Eliot Spitzer. My first remembrance of him was back in 2002 when as Attorney General of New York he led a rabid assault on Crisis Pregnancy Centers. He has continued with a radical proabortion agenda. Recently he has championed the Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act. According to Jill Stanek here is what it would do in New York:

“It would wipe out all abortion restrictions in NY. It would force doctors to commit abortions, force all hospitals - even Catholic - to commit abortion, force insurance companies to cover abortion, force employers to purchase abortion coverage, authorize late-term abortions for "health" reasons, authorize non-doctors to commit abortions, allow the over-the-counter sale of the morning-after pill to minors, and more.”
Yesterday, the day he was exposed in a prostitution sting, he was scheduled to speak at the Family Planning Advocates 31st Annual Conference. It was their National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers. I’m sure they missed him.

I would be glad to see Eliot Spitzer out of politics. Despite his hopes, he will probably have to resign. He has had his eye on the White House, I hope this brings that quest to an end.

I am sad to see his fall as a human being. It would be easy to demonize him because I don’t like his politics but he is no different from any other person in bondage. Of course as an enemy of Jesus, he has little hope of reform but we can hope that maybe like the apostle Paul he could become a friend of Christ.

We would do well to consider 1 Corinthians 10:12, Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. Are there small sins we tolerate? What doors have we left open? Where is the devil seeking a foothold in our life?

Remember these words:

Sin will take you places where you don't want to go.
Sin will cost you more than you want to pay.
Sin will keep you longer than you want to stay.

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