The Petraeus Scandal and Our Kids

Lisa Cherry —  November 15, 2012

Patraeus 800px-David_H._Petraeus_press_briefing_2007By Lisa Cherry

Watching the news the last week has been rather sickening. Adultery, harassing emails, secrets, and public humiliation.  So what am I saying this has to do with our kids? Just this.

While Gen. Petraeus' story continues to unfold (with probably a whole lot more than what we know now still to be revealed), we can allow his tragedy to have some redeeming good.

It can serve as a warning to our own families today. Kids and teens need help coming out of developmental vulnerabilities that can lead to deception. After all, thinking you're invincible is somewhat normal for young minds.

Here is a list of the top things we can share with our kids about this terrible tragedy....

1. Matthew 10:26 is true. What is done in darkness comes to the light.

2. Sexual temptation can cause people to lose their heads. See Proverbs 6:26

3. Even very smart people discover that secrets are impossible. Especially in the mysterious online world.  See Numbers 32:23

4. When everything is said and done, what you do to hurt your family hurts the worst of all.

5. To quote that little verse that says…

Oh what a tangled web we weave

                      When first we practice to deceive.

6. The devil will often allow us to profit for a while in our darkness…until he is ready to pull the rug out from under us at the most inopportune time.

7. Even in the midst of gross darkness, God can heal and deliver. Think of King David who nearly wrecked his life with Bathsheba. At the same time, he suffered a horrible consequence. A dead son and a disrupted kingship.  See 2 Samuel 11 and 12.

8. Sexual  sin is never worth it.

9. One man's choices can affect the masses.

10. Pride goes before the fall. We must be careful to not condemn Gen. Patraeus and then fall into the same trap ourselves!

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