Feeling judgmental about Eliot Spitzer?


Its easy to do…here’s a man who knows all the ins and outs of money laundering tactics since he used them to prosecute many criminals in his previous job. He’s also taken down several prostitution rings. He has daughters and ought to think about how he would feel if they engaged in this behavior. He has a long marriage and ought to think about she has been so violated.

He knows better and yet he spent thousands of dollars over a long period of time pursuing sex with prostitutes. And we are tempted to think judgmental thoughts. How could he… Serves him right…

But Jesus says that if you have engaged in desiring and lusting after someone not your spouse, you are just as guilty as Spitzer. That’s a hard teaching. We know secret thoughts don’t have the same consequences as actions and yet everyone starts down the path from the same place.

What his tragic story should encourage us to do is to be sober about our own deceptive thoughts and desires, pray for his family, thank God for the cross and the offer of forgiveness, and endeavor to say no to sin and yes to love of others.

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Filed under News and politics, self-deception, Sex, sin

5 responses to “Feeling judgmental about Eliot Spitzer?

  1. Good post. I was thinking about how Eliot Spitzer seems similar to another Jewish leader who did terrible things to be with a woman–King David. Naturally, there’s a difference between the two, but still on a basic level the thought process is the same. It reminds me of the Casting Crowns song, “Slow Fade”.

    The thing with Spitzer is that it’s not just about the sex or even sex with a prostitute. That’s one level of it…I believe it’s the $80,000 of public money he laundered, his own tough stance on crime, and the lack of mercy he showed others he prosecuted. There are so many levels to this thing!

    But I am truly feeling for his wife and daughters (one is 17, another is 12, I think the middle girl is 14 or 15). I was 19 when we found out my father was having an affair and it was devastating, but it wasn’t plastered all over the front page. I’m actually working on an article about how daughters react to their father’s affairs–a sadly timely and necessary issue on which to write.

  2. You go write that article! I want it when you are done because there are many a hurting folk out there suffering in silent shame.

  3. Scott Knapp, MS

    I was sort of musing on this early this morning when I couldn’t fall back to sleep, so it’s uncanny that it’s posted here this morning. OK, thinking like a stereotypical “guy” here…and putting my biblical values aside to reveal a little bit about the flesh… Around the water cooler conversations tend to go like this…”Did you see the picture of his wife? (shudder) Geez…and you take a look at the hooker? I know who I’d like to get in the sack with!!!” For the male soul, there’s something uncontrollably attractive about sex with a “hottie” versus having a stable, loving home life with a wife and kids. Getting a handle on exactly the “hook” is, is another matter. I thought about the Proverbs 7 encounter a guy has with an adulterous woman in his neighborhood, where the author writes, “With her many persuasions she entices him; with her flattering lips she seduces him. Suddenly he follows her as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool, until an arrow pierces through his liver;
    As a bird hastens to the snare, so he does not know that it will cost him his life” (Prov 7:21-23). There’s a promise the hooker holds out for a guy if he’s just willing to pony up the cash, something that appears incredibly valuable in the act of getting it on with her…something the guy doesn’t believe he can obtain through faithful devotion to his wife. What could be that incredible, that powerful, that a man would decide to pay such a high price? What does he hope will be true about himself after the encounter (or because of the encounter) that he thinks is not true about himself before or without it? To get some handle on those questions, I had to ask myself, what was it that Eve or Adam hoped would be true about themselves after they took the forbidden fruit, that they felt they could no longer live without? What was it that Lucifer felt he could no longer exist without, when he chose to incite war in Heaven and take on Almighty Himself? What did 1/3 of all the angels hope to gain by following Lucifer in his mad scheme? In each and every sin I commit, I hope to attain evidence of independent godhood…and I join the club of other poor decision makers like Lucifer, Adam, Eve, and Spitzer, who also sought their own godhood. And for some reason, sex (more specifically, orgasm experienced while in fellowship with another creature of dignity)
    seems to be the closest proximity to a taste of blissful Eden we can manage in this lifetime…so it becomes the means to an end for the man who wants to convince himself he’s found the keys back into Eden, the godhood Lucifer couldn’t procure even with angelic warriors! The hooker holds out a false promise, delivered for a fee, that only a deluded, idolatrous fool would take…and for so many other things, I’m every bit that fool, except I just don’t make national headlines for the “whores” I chase. “Wretched man that I am!” At the end of my musing early this morning, I simply had to sob to my God, and weep over my own sin…what else could I do? What else would have been appropriate? “What can wash away my sin?…nothing but the blood of Jesus!”

  4. As I will say next Monday night in class (when talking about psychoticism), all sins are psychotic acts–hence we can really relate to those who live it all the time. It is psychotic to think a created thing will give us that much joy that we throw away the good we have in front of us. It is psychotic because it means we have long practiced a line of thinking that makes us tolerate deception, foolishness, and utter risktaking. I’d imagine he now wonders how he ever could have thought this to be a good idea. But, the sweet nothings we tell ourselves paves the road to destruction.

  5. “Sin always takes us further than we wanted to go and keeps us longer than we wanted to stay.”

    Feeling judgmental? Nope, without God’s grace I could end up in just a bad a place.

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