I would love to hear your response to this. What contributes to the moral train-wrecks?
- Minister has an affair.
- Longtime Christian wife/mother decides to leave her husband and children.
- Church leader reveals a fifteen-year addiction to pornography.
- Longtime Christian is sent to prison after numerous incidents of theft. He explains that the motivation for his theft was the desire to have nice things.
- Church member swindles several other church members in a business deal.
- Married woman (in her 40s), who is a longtime children’s Bible class teacher, becomes involved with a man ten years younger.
Do these behaviors describe most Christian people? No. Not at all. Yet, I don’t want to ignore these very real examples.
Yes, I know that all Christians sin and that believers are not exempt from stumbling into all kinds of sinful behavior. However, I think it might be helpful to ask what are some of the factors that contribute to these moral train-wrecks. What contributes to these behaviors?
Could these be contributing factors?
- A lack of accountability.
- Being more enamored with a desire to feel a certain way than with Jesus.
- A desire for power.
- Making stupid, foolish decisions that might make one more vulnerable.
- Arrogance (I’m above all of these temptations).
- Seeking pleasure or relief during times of defeat, failure, loss, pain, etc.
- Being vulnerable during a time in which you have isolated yourself from others.
No doubt there are many other behaviors that might be contributing factors.
What have you observed? What are some other contributing factors to moral train-wrecks?