Thanks to a morality clause in their contract, the University of Arkansas was able to fire head football coach Bobby Petrino and save nearly $18 million dollars. That will be money, no doubt, that can be used toward finding and signing his replacement. Though the fan base openly stated they could not care less about his sexually immoral ways (after all, he had led the Razorbacks to a stellar 21-5 record as coach), the university fired him for a series of indiscretions at the bottom of which was the married man’s affair with a 25-year-old, engaged former volley ball star from the school. It is yet to be seen what impact his actions will have on his marriage or his relationship with his four children. How hard will it be for another university to trust him enough to hire him? He has embarrassed himself and damaged his reputation. And, for what?
There was another man, a man who by every indication was a much more spiritual man, who centuries ago gave up so much for comparatively little. He had it all, power, wealth, reputation, respect, and a healthy relationship with God. But one trip to the roof of his house began a downward spiral fueled by his own lust for a married woman. By the time the dust settled, the man would experience the loss of four children, death threats, displacement, wholesale embarrassment, and his own spiritual compromise. Though David was forgiven and restored in his relationship with God, look at the carnage that came of his tragic decision.
One of the biggest lies men and women swallow is that sexual immorality and deviance from God’s pattern for sexuality is relatively harmless. They know there is risk, and sometimes risk is part of the thrill for the guilty. Perhaps one sees all that is at stake, but driven by sinful passion are too intoxicated with such to care. But as sad as this week’s newest scandal is and as lastingly tragic as David’s decision was, it serves as a reminder and a warning for us today. What does the “after” picture look like? Let David have the last words: “For I know my transgression, and my sin is ever before me” (Psa. 51:3). What a price!