As I reflect on my time as a Prison Warden, I have come to the conclusion that you could almost lump each and every offender into one big category. That category was “Greedy, Selfish Sinners!” some were more violent than other but none the less that’s the category.
As I reflect on my time as a Pastor, one of the most challenging and common areas in which I have to provide pastoral care is in the area of individuals having affairs; they also fall into the same category of “Greedy, Selfish Sinners!” The trends and stories are generally similar… Guy meets girl, guy and girl fall in love and get married; guy or girl claims they’re not satisfied, they become greedy, they’re selfish, they want more; Guy or girl begin to put their trust in something or someone else. Poof the affair happens, hearts are broken, lives are destroyed and the saga continues.
Just as my heart would ache for the families that would come visit their love ones in the prison system; my heart is crushed seeing the countless couples destroying heir marriages, their families and their lives because of an affair. Marriage is not a joke, the covenant that couples establish before God is not a joke, those flirtatious ways are not a joke, those emotional connections with someone of the opposite sex outside of marriage is not a joke, clicking on that favorite internet porn site is not a joke… It’s Not A Joke… Stop Having Affairs!
Still reflecting on my time as a Prison Warden, in some cases I think it might not be a bad idea for instigators and perpetrators of affairs to spend some time behind the prison walls. Not sure if it would help, but I do know there is a different level of repentance that happens behind those walls. It’s Not A Joke… Stop Having Affairs!
I read a quote from author Doris Mortman, and she says “Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.” I’d take that a step further and say until you truly know who you are in Christ, you’ll never be content with what you have.”
Share your thoughts, experiences or stories about these stupid affairs? Would prison help?