Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. 1 Chron. 16:23
On that note, I've been watching Scotty on American Idol and am being reminded of some truths that also fall under the the umbrella of grace. Jennifer Lopez mentioned AI covered the genre of gospel, and I was like, "No. There hasn't been any gospel." However, it resonated with me that perhaps after seeing Scotty's cross necklace over and over, the Christian vibe has been stirring subconsciously. It's hard to watch him knowing the temptations he will now face, being young, and desiring him to seek a humble path. I do believe it can be done. It affirms in me how we all want the best for those we know and love, even those we don't, and just wanting a protective shield to guard in difficult moments. Thoughts of Scotty brought me back to my hope for a former pastor.
When Pastor John Eagen served as our leader, I so appreciated the insights he brought out from the bible. I remember hearing for the first time about how Jesus was given myrrh as one of the gifts at birth. John Eagen remarked how this was a burial spice, and why should Jesus be given a burial spice unless something was significant about His death? John Eagen though, followed his own desires, and pride came before a fall. I was saddened to see his extramarital relationship ruin his marriage and service as pastor. I believe he's now working for a hospital in Florida. But this is isn't where the story ends for me, because I remember people asking me what I thought about him, almost mocking me for trusting human being who could make such a devastating mistake. Like, "Shouldn't I know better than to love my pastor who could so easily let me down?" He did disappoint me, no doubt, but John Eagen isn't my only teacher. I've forgiven him, and tried to articulate this to those who didn't understand. Pointing out God doesn't appreciate hypocrisy and selfishness, but He also forgives it when asked.
So my hope is now in John Eagen being restored with the Lord. I hope his relationship gets back on track. And even if Scotty does lose his focus and and takes a wrong course, I hope it's a quick return to the truths he appears to know.
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24