Hear what? The periodic crashing of Christian leaders involved in spiritual warfare, who fight without the "full armor of God" [Ephesians 6:12, 13].
After what the NYT did on Friday (outed our covert tracking of terrorists' financial dealings), I have a hard time even using their acronym, let alone citing their work.
Rumors have been swirling about Ralph Reed's failures ever since the Abramoff scandal broke the surface and reared its prehistoric head. And, though my heart breaks to acknowledge the truth, I've realized for some time, another of God's servant leaders was sucked in by the "lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life" [1 John 2:15].A bipartisan Senate report released on Thursday documented more than $5.3 million in payments to Ralph Reed, the former director of the Christian Coalition and a leading Republican Party strategist, from an influence-peddling operation run by the corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff on behalf of Indian tribe casinos. [NYT, links in this block are the NYT's]We must remember, Mr. Reed's crime, if there is one, is that of poor judgment and "bad company" [1 Corinthians 15:33]. Neither of which is a strong endorsement for public office, let alone Christian leadership.There has been no suggestion by prosecutors that Mr. Reed is under special scrutiny by the grand jury.I'm sorry Ralph, but as a Christian leader myself, I need to tell you that you have "been accused of wrongdoing." Just not in the secular arena!
In a statement issued through his campaign office in response to the report, Mr. Reed portrayed the report as a vindication. He said that while "it is now clear with the benefit of hindsight that this is a piece of business I should have declined," the report "confirms that I have not been accused of any wrongdoing."
My "prophetic voice" doesn't see anything but more of this in the future, only worse!
HT: Christian Headlines