The lyrics from Casting Crowns’ song “Slow Fade” ring in my head this morning as I reflect on a headline that swept across all the local news stations just four days ago:
“Man used fake Facebook accounts to solicit minors.”
I was shocked. And it wasn’t because of the headline.
It was because of the man in the picture.
I know him.
More importantly, I know his wife and children. One of his sons was on the Youth Praise Band that I got to lead this past semester…and now his father is in prison under a long list of serious charges — including the possession and distribution of child pornography, as well as the sexual abuse of children.
Paul Tripp talks in detail about misguided sexuality in his book, Sex & Money, and how each of us “live in a constant state of susceptibility. None of us has a pure heart” (49). He points us to the fact that our heart is deceitful and wicked, as Jeremiah 17:9 so clearly says. Our behavior always listens to what the heart tells it to do. Sometimes we don’t realize just how far our heart has wandered from the Lord, until our behavior has us behind bars and begging for a second chance.
My heart breaks for the wife and sons of this man. My heart also breaks for this man. The truth, however, is that each of our hearts are capable of this and so much more.
Casting Crowns — “It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away. It’s a slow fade when black and white are turned to gray. When thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid when you give yourself away. People never crumble in a day… It’s a slow fade.”
Here is the link to this article from wgal: http://www.wgal.com/news/ag-man-used-fake-facebook-accounts-to-solicit-minors/39533272
Tripp, Paul David. Sex & Money: Pleasures That Leave You Empty and Grace That Satisfies. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013. Print.