Recently, Miami Dolphin football player Chad Johnson was arrested for head butting his wife of 41 days, reality TV star Evelyn Lozado. The press reported that they got into an argument when Evelyn found a receipt for a box of condoms in his car. Within days, Chad and Evelyn’s reality show, set to start in September was cancelled, Chad was kicked off his team and Evelyn filed for divorce. Yes, all of this after 41 days of marriage.
Several women begin to emerge sharing stories of how Chad cheated, in the days leading up to the wedding. It’s said that Chad met the women on the social networking site, Twitter.
When I heard the story, I wondered why so many men think they can continue to live recklessly without suffering any consequences. Perhaps, it’s the male ego. I’m not a man so I don’t know. Honestly, I thought to myself that someone must be praying for Chad because clearly God is trying to tell him something.
I am reminded of a similar situation that happened with a family member many years ago. He got involved in some unholy relationships and his wife went around and exposed him to all of his ministry friends. Right before it happened, I remember a minister prophesied and warned him of this impending situation. It was the enemy trying to destroy him, but God allowed it for divine discipline. I must say the discipline worked, because he was never the same. He came out of the situation changed.
The only result of reckless living is something bad. Rarely do people walk away from such blatant sin unscathed. Usually something bad has to happen, but if the person comes out a better person, then it’s a good thing.
I pray that Chad Johnson come to know Jesus and change his ways and the same for his wife. Even she had been reckless and violent against some women as well. I am not justifying what her husband did, but sometimes we, reap what we sow.
If you are living in a reckless, lawless way, now is the time to change. Not tomorrow and next week. Next week may be too late.
The Message (MSG)
19-21It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.
This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.