As best I can remember it, the following are the details of a phone conversation I had during a recent drive home from work. The caller’s name has been changed to protect the guilty.
Up The Creek: Pastor Cook, I need your help. I’ve messed up bad. I need help, and the Lord told me to call you. You’re the only person I can talk to.
Me: OK, slow down and tell me what’s wrong.
UTC: You know I got one lady I’m dealing with, and I messed up and got another lady pregnant with twins. I didn’t mean for it to happen. She’s a sweet lady, and I done messed her life up. You’re the only person I could call. I know you’ll help me. I need answers. What do I need to do?
Me: Who is this?
(Caller gives some details reminding me of who he is and how I know him. He's someone I've shared the gospel with before. He knows what I'm about and where I stand in my faith. I haven’t heard from him in months, the out of nowhere, this …)
UTC: She knows about my lady friend, but my lady friend doesn’t know about her. We just went for a walk one night and things happened, and now she’s pregnant with twin girls. I just need some answers, and I know you’ll help me.
Me: Well, the first thing I’d say is that you should have made this phone call before you did what you did. That’s when I could have actually helped you. The only thing to do now is own up to what you’ve done, repent and ask God to help you deal with the fallout.
UTC: Well, we’ve been talking, and we’re thinking about making arrangements to get rid of the babies.
Me: So, let me get this straight. You live out of wedlock with one woman. You cheat on her with another woman. You get that woman pregnant. And the way to fix the problem is to kill the only ones in this whole situation who are innocent? Listen, the babies aren’t the problem. The problem is that you don’t want God to sit on the throne of your life. You wanted to be on the throne, and this is what that leads to. The problem is that you’re a sinner. The babies aren’t the problem.
UTC: You’re right, Pastor Cook. I just don’t know what to do. This lady is in her 50s. She has adult sons and they’re going to be looking at me funny.
Me: And yet, you weren’t thinking about that before the fact …
UTC: I know, I know, Pastor Cook, but what do I do?
Me: I truly don’t have any good answers for you, but here’s what I want you to do. Do you have a Bible?
Me: Good. Then when we hang up, I want you to read Psalm 51. Read it again before you go to bed tonight. Read it when you wake up tomorrow. Read the whole chapter every chance you get for the next three days, and then call me back and I’ll let you know why I had you read Psalm 51.
UTC: OK, thank you, Pastor Cook. I’ll do it.
That was two weeks ago.
He hasn’t called back.
God doesn’t give us his standards to keep us from enjoying our lives. He gives us his standards to keep us from destroying our lives. We don’t like the ordered and bordered freedom of God’s way, but we don’t like the consequences of our unrestrained sin.
We live in a microwave society, but there are no microwave answers to sin. The only answer is the same as it’s always been: true repentance and faith in the cross of Christ.
Are you up a creek?
Anthony Cook is the editor of The Daily Home and pastor at Christian Fellowship Bible Church in Anniston. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or find him on Facebook.