What can Christians learn from the recent news of Herman Cain’s sexual harassment allegations while he served as the president of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s?
First of all, let me say that I have no idea if Mr. Cain is guilty or innocent of these charges. On the surface, he seems like an upstanding man and I hope the accusations against him are false.
My observation on situations like this is that they should remind us of several truths and necessities, especially in the Christian life. Let’s take a look at a few.
- Guard your testimony at all times. D.L. Moody stated, “A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian … and most of all, his family ought to know.” Make your testimony a matter of constant prayer, asking God to work in you so that people always see Him in you.
- Temptation is everywhere. No Christian is immune to temptation. You know what tempts you most and so does God. He is the only thing that stands in the way of our own self-destruction because many times, we are our own worst enemies. We all need to spend much time on our knees asking God to protect us from the temptations of life. Husbands and wives need to also pray for each other, placing all your cares on the God who wants to safeguard us
- Temptation is often stronger than faith. We have seen many seemingly Godly people have moral failure. It is always such a tragedy. You know, if any of us get to the point that we believe our own hype or headlines, we are in trouble. Never forget that without Jesus Christ reigning in our hearts and lives, we are just one aimless thought away from falling. At Thomas Road Baptist Church, our motto, “Not I, but Christ,” simply must be the key to every Christian’s life.
- When you gain prominence, Satan will work overtime to bring you down. Satan is our enemy and the Bible warns us how powerful and cunning he is. I imagine Satan loves nothing more than to bring down an influential pastor or pastor’s wife or other Christian leader. We are no match for him, my friends. Only Christ within us can protect us from the evil one who seeks to destroy our lives, homes and testimonies. Satan is not more powerful than God, but he is more powerful than you. Unless you are always clinging to the strength that is found in God. Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Meaning, with Christ, Satan is no match for us.
- Embrace humility. Theologian A. W. Pink stated, “Growth in grace is growth downward. It is the forming of a lower estimate of ourselves. It is a deepening realization of our nothingness. It is a heartfelt recognition that we are not worthy of the least of God’s mercies.” We are all equals in God’s eyes. We risk all when we start to believe that we are above the lowliest servant.
- Surround yourself with Christian friends and/or loved ones. We all need encouragement and wise counsel. Ask God to encompass you with people who will: lift you in prayer; challenge you to grow in faith and knowledge in Jesus Christ; hearten your soul; and be concerned about your well-being.
Let’s close with two encouraging verses that give us a great promise: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverb 3:5-6, NKJV).