We don’t usually write about current events. When “50 shades” hit the theaters, we felt that many of the other Christian marriage minded writers pretty much had it covered. But with the Ashley Madison scandal, we just can’t keep our mouths shut.
In case you’re unaware, Ashley Madison made its name by being a dating site for married people. It advertises itself as being a safe site where a married person who doesn’t want a divorce, but needs more sex, can find someone to cheat with. They’ve been around for a few years now and millions have joined the service with the hope that they could have a discreet affair. But if a dating site for married people to have an affair wasn’t a big enough attack on marriages around the world, the unimaginable happened. They got hacked.
Over 30 million people have had their info leaked online. In one massive data dump cheaters worldwide have been outed. The contact info includes everyday folks, Fortune 500 businessmen and women, armed forces officers and even White House emails and contact info, including names and even sexual fantasies have at the time of this writing been exposed. Yes, we’ve seen that the Duggar name has shown up too. And no doubt there are many pastors and people in various ministry around the world that will be on the list as well.
This brings us to our point. We’re by no means defending the behavior of those who have used Ashley Madison. It’s saddening, and disgusting that such a service exists. Cheating is never acceptable, and adultery is sin. And yes, people are almost never sorry until they are caught. But everyone involved is a victim, the cheaters and those they’ve cheated on. The kids involved, the families that will be devastated, the ministries that will be utterly ruined. And they all need prayer, they all need love and above all they need compassion and forgiveness from Christians.
Sexual sin, lying, stealing, murder, you name it – it’s all the same in Gods eyes. He doesn’t rank sin like people tend to do. What disgusts one person may not seem like a big deal to another, but sin is sin, and we need to be careful as Christians when passing judgement.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5 NIV
As Christians we aren’t told that we are never to judge. But we are told to do so wisely and according to the Word of God, realizing that we will be judged in the same manner. We have all sinned, and if all sin is the same in the eyes of God we must have compassion for others who are sinners just like us.
Now isn’t the time for judgement. Now is the time when all Christians should come together in prayer for all of the victims of the Ashley Madison hacking scandal. And they are all victims, cheaters and cheated on alike. We ask that you join us in a call to prayer for everyone affected, and use compassion more freely than judgement.
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