We are now at the end of July and well on our way to surpassing last years (at least what I have recorded) arrest numbers. High visibility with the me too movement and all these sexual allegations among known/popular individuals have apparently fed into these operations. It is kind of like the saying “The beatings will continue until morale improves.“
The truth is, no one is righteous. We all have sinned and fall short and what all this publicity tells us is what was said best in Luke 8:17 (NIV): “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” So, best to repent (turn from your sin) when exposed. Or better yet, avoid these sins/embarrassments in the first place.
Again, no one is perfect. We all do dumb things. Some learn the hard way (arrested), others learn down the road when exposed.
Romans 3:9-12 (HCSB) says it well:
9 What then? Are we any better? Not at all! For we have previously charged that both Jews and Gentiles, are all under sin, as it is written:
There is no one righteous, not even one.
11 There is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away;
all alike have become useless.
There is no one who does what is good,
not even one.
If you are captured in one of these sex stings you will have A LONG road ahead of you. You can either plea out within 1 year as many do or take your case to trial which may take another year (yes, 2 years of this uncertainty). That is how things are trending in Washington State in many counties–cases going to trial well after 18 months and some after 24 months. They have over 90 convictions (out of 182) with 20+ guilty verdicts in Trials (>90% success rate). And least I not forget the four suicides which have occurred (2.1% of cases). If you or a family member or someone you know is caught up in one of these stings look over the stuff on this website to help you fight. If you have any questions I’ll try to help. And remember to stay strong, have faith, repent and try to draw strength from the Bible and the words of Max Lucado:
You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don’t be foolish or naïve. But don’t despair either. With God’s help you will get through this.
Our fight continues this coming Fall. I will continue to keep this site updated.