We have all seen them. Cows. Horses. Sheep. Buffalo. (I want to say some humans but that might be taking it too far). Safely ensconced behind a fence, plenty of grass around them, but no-o-o-o-o they have to stick their neck over, under and through the fence to try reaching the grass on the other side. Sometimes watching them is almost comical. They will go through all sorts of gyrations trying to reach “the forbidden.”
Yeah…you know where I am going with this.
One of the things I have always appreciated about the Bible is its refusal to hide the warts of people. I once read that Oliver Cromwell, the great British leader, was sitting for a portrait. It is said he had an ugly wart on his face and the artist wanted to cover it. Cromwell is reported to have said, “I want you to paint me, warts and all.” Now, there was a man who was comfortable in his own skin! Tragically, that is not the case with many followers of Christ today.
But…back to my original thought. (It is a random thought day). The Bible paints its heroes warts and all. David is one of them. His reach for greener grass is legendary. From movies to print, his sordid affair with Bathsheba is the stuff of story after story. Even non-believers (or is that especially non-believers) jump all over his story with both feet.
Times haven’t changed much have they? People still like to hear the gossip and run to the “rags” to read, hear or pass on the latest “dirt” of someone who fell. Pastor. Teacher. Secretary. Leader. CEO. It happens. I am not excusing that. Not in the slightest. But even when it happens grace needs to be shown. (I know someone is going to shoot me for even suggesting that). Now, there has to be consequences for the failure (be it moral, sexual, financial, etc). But even confrontation can be done with a right spirit.
That is a little off the subject of David. But I do think David does show us the danger of being lax in our awareness. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Pr.16:18) Why was David at home and not at war with his troops? Had he seen Bathsheba before, and knowing Uriah was going to be at war, did he stay home? Or had he just become too comfortable? What we do know is that David saw greener grass and went for it. Let me rephrase that: he thought he saw greener grass.
As you might imagine this is a topic that hits close to home for many. We all know someone who has been the victim/perpetrator of the greener grass syndrome. I say this carefully: tread lightly with both-the victim who has been hurt; and the one who thought an outside experience would solve the issue. I want to close my thoughts with this verse.
This will be a sensitive topic Sunday. It goes without saying that I covet your prayers in a big way. Thanks. By the way: any thoughts you care to share?