Yesterday New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, was officially charged with two counts of first-degree solicitation.
It was revealed by authorities last week that “Kraft visited a Florida massage parlor for sex acts on the morning of the AFC Championship Game, which he attended in Kansas City later that day.”
“According to documents released by the Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office on Monday, it was the second visit by Kraft to the parlor in less than 24 hours.”
Kraft’s arrest along with several others “was part of a crackdown on sex trafficking in Florida. Hundreds of arrest warrants, including 23 others in Palm Beach County, have been issued as a result of a six-month investigation, and more are expected.”
Among the news stories about this sting operation was a list released to the news media of those arrested.
Can you imagine the shame and embarrassment not just for a high-profile person like Kraft, but all the others identified? Like Jeff, James, John, Mark and Martin? It’s now public for all to see. Their wives. Mothers. Friends. Co-workers. Maybe fellow church members.
As I reflected on that fact, I was reminded of a striking passage from Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.
For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil.
There are several important lessons here worthy of our reflection.
(1) A day of Divine judgment is coming.
While Kraft and the others will be judged based on human laws they violated and will be judged by others, more seriously is the final judgment we all face. We will all stand before God. All will give an account of their lives. All will be judged based on their deeds–good or bad.
It is a judgment one cannot escape. In that day there will be no hiding. No one will be overlooked. And everyone will be judged individually. Not as a group or a church. Or a nation. Each person will receive just judgment from the Great Judge.
(2) Secrets will be revealed.
Regardless of whether or not Kraft and the others were caught and arrested, God saw and knew their actions.
Everyone has secrets. Secret thoughts. Secret feelings. Secret actions. Secrets hidden from family, friends and brethren. Not all our secrets are sinful. Of course, some are just embarrassing. We keep some things secret for obvious reasons. Our secrets may well remain within us. Unseen. Undiscovered. Unknown. Yet, God knows.
Not all secrets are sordid and sinful. We may engage in many good works and kind deeds that are anonymous. Or at least known only to a few people. Visiting a sick friend. Sitting with someone at the hospital while their loved one undergoes surgery. Babysitting a young mother’s children. Befriending someone lonely, distressed or hurting emotionally. Financially contributing to the Lord’s work, and other charitable causes.
While we may not receive much or any recognition for our good deeds, God takes note of them. And will reward them openly. One day.
(3) Remember your purpose on earth.
What on earth are we here for? Ultimately, it is to fear God. Respect Him. Obey Him. Praise Him. Serve Him. And faithfully follow His commandments for our lives.
The Preacher in Ecclesiastes searched for what is good in life. For true happiness. And ultimate satisfaction. He pursued pleasure. Possessions. Wealth. And wisdom. Yet, all of these were fleeting. And found wanting. He concluded that the “whole of man” is wrapped up in the will of God. And a good time to begin is “to remember God in the days of your youth.”
Finally, I’m reminded of an old hymn from my childhood that was somewhat frightening for a kid, and should be sobering for all adults. “There’s an All Seeing Eye Watching You.”
“Watching you, watching you, everyday mind the course you pursue;
Watching you, watching you, there’s an all-seeing Eye watching you.”
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman