James 1:14 (ESV)
14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
Psalm 27:11-12 (ESV)
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.
Too often I’ll be on the internet doing research or searching for something and get distracted/misdirected. I get side tracked. Often it can be an enticing article or even fake ad posted to lure people to another site. My research takes a pause and my brain is lured elsewhere. Usually I have some interest or curiosity about the other subject. One time, I was searching for some “STP” products for my car and somehow, six months later I was doing the Seattle to Portland bike ride. That is a huge side track considering I lived over 3000 miles away from Seattle. I had an interest in cars and keeping my car running but also in bike riding. Yes, I was tempted by my own desires and these stings are not much different. The person eventually arrested maybe searching for a hookup but then gets side tracked via undercover discussion. And most, myself included, are quick to continue a discussion on whomever writes back.
My limits to continue conversations online (or on the phone) has very few bounds. When you do it with law enforcement everything you say is taken as fact and truth (we’ve seen that play out in an Appeal case here in WA state). So be wary when you converse with others online. And remember when you text or e-mail there is no privacy in what you say as your conversations are recorded and you are given implied consent to this whether you know it or not. Law enforcement will use every advantage and loophole in the law against you no matter your intentions. Do not be deceived.
Listen to your gut. Listen to GOD. Your silence is their strength. Be wary of those in power. What is there intent? Many people are trusting and easily duped, this is not a bad thing, it is human nature. Some are hardened because they have been through the ringer. DO NOT let this or your situation change you for the worst. Hang in there and stay strong. And with that I leave you with two more quotes/words of wisdom.
It’s a very scary time for young men in America because you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of. – President Donald Trump (2-Oct-2018)You hang on, you’ll be alright
You gotta keep movin’ in a positive forward direction
If you let them, they will destroy you
Don’t let them – save yourself
They will not destroy me – Henry Rollins, Wartime
Our time starts NOW!