As this unfortunate story unfolds before the public what lessons should we learn?
[Darris McNeely] Washington is still reeling off of the news just revealed on Friday about the personal life of the director of the CIA, General David Petraeus, who resigned because of a personal sexual affair that he was having with a woman who was writing his biography. It happened over a period of time beginning a few years ago. It came to light a few months ago and now into the public affair and the General had to resign. It's a very sad situation. It's a very tragic situation. But it points out a number of lessons at several levels.
[Steve Myers] I think one of the most important things as you look at this is that it still matters.
[Darris McNeely] Yes.
[Steve Myers] You would think in some sense that society, especially the world that we live in would consider that normal. And yet it does still matter.
[Darris McNeely] It points out to the fact that personal character, morality does make a difference - certainly at the highest levels of government, but it also matters in our life no matter what job we may have. Our sins will find us out. There's a scripture in Numbers 32:23 Numbers 32:23But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.
American King James Version×that says that your sins will find you out. And there are certain sins and very often sins of moral character dealing like this with adultery, illicit sex that have a way of coming out no matter how well the cover-up seems to be. It does have a way of coming out. It's in the very nature of this type of a sin.
[Steve Myers] And it's a reminder of what our actions bring. Galatians 6:7 Galatians 6:7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.
American King James Version×reminds us of that, that as God's people we are responsible for our actions. And it says this, "Whatever a man sows that he will also reap." And so what types of seeds are we planting? Are we planting those seeds that will have a spiritual crop, a good crop, a godly crop? I think that's what the reminder is for every one of us when we hear things like this. Let's make sure we think of ourselves and think about the things that we are sowing so that ultimately we can have a spiritual growth, spiritual crop that will be the result of our actions.
[Darris McNeely] This is just another story in multiple stories that happen like this, but it is a significant one when we bring it home and we learn the lesson of character, righteousness, and obeying God's law. It does work. It does matter and it does count.
[Steve Myers] That's BT Daily. We'll see you next time.