For those of you who don’t pay too much attention to sports, Rick Pitino is the head coach of the University of Louisville Cardinals, and is a pretty darn good coach. Last week, a news story broke that Pitino, who is married and has five kids, got another woman pregnant and paid for her to have an abortion. Now adultery is a disgusting sin, and abortion is murder, but this story gets worse. Pitino and the woman had sex at a restaurant, and by the way, this woman is now married to the Louisville Equipment Manager.
I’ve always thought that Pitino had a little bit of a dirty feel to him and wouldn’t be surprised if he had connections to the mob. After all, he is a true Italian-American, born and raised in New York. And on top of that, who wears a white suit?…I mean really! And for the final straw, when he held a news conference to discuss this whole mess, he actually commented that “I will remain as head coach at Louisville.” Really dude?…cause that is the most important thing in your life right now.
As much as that bothers and disgusts me, maybe I shouldn’t be quite so judgmental. In my summer courses, I’ve been taking Old Testament Theology and I recently read through Hosea. Hosea had a rough go, but this guy knew his stuff. In the first chapter, the Lord tells Hosea to go take an “adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness.” So Hosea goes and marries Gomer, who the bible actually calls a whore. This woman is named Gomer (not so hot) and she is a prostitute who continues to commit adultery but Hosea loves her anyway.
I could only imagine how hard it would be to love someone that continually betrayed and dishonored you and your covenant of marriage. The Lord tells Hosea, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress” (Hosea 3:1a). In the word “though,” The Lord acknowledges that it would be hard for us to love someone like that. He then goes on, “Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods…” (Hosea 3:1b).
Don’t be too quick to justify that you are not an “Israelite,” cause we are! We are God’s chosen people today and He just compared us to an adulterer! When we sacrifice time, money, energy with God for other things, we are committing adultery against Him. He desires to the be the center of our lives, but we allow other things to take over. So, next time you see some sleezy looking politician, actor, or athlete admit to adultery, remember that to God, we are all adulterers…
BUT….He still loves us and grants us grace from our sins! For me, that is beyond my understanding!