There’s falling off the wagon…
and then there’s having the wheels, axle, sideboards, and every nut and bolt exploding with the full insane fury of a fragmentation mine going off underneath it.
Enter one “honourable” Representative to the Washington State Legislature, a Mr. Richard Curtis, (R) - La Center.
Yes, folks… yet another GOP politician trades a night of forbidden pleasure with a boy toy for his career, his marriage, and whatever shred of respect he might have been able to claim the morning after. And of course, no sooner does it happen, than every left-leaning paper and blog is trafficking in the mire generated by this unfortunate man’s fall. Indeed, in an election year, one fully expects the Dems to haul out the over-under shotgun loaded with double-aught malice and feed on the open-season of finding fault with anything remotely to the right of Hillary Clinton.
The grand prize for them, of course, being Legislators who can’t keep their pants zippered up… and all the more if they had anything to do with trying to impeach or censure Bubba for his tomcatting around with a certain (female) intern a decade or so back ago.
Just going off of the pictures circulating the MSM at the moment, the likely soon to be divorced and non-re-electable Mr. Curtis, (R-La Center), otherwise would appears to be a respectable citizen-leader and man of principles. This same man, who voted favourably on family values issues and kept a pocket New Testament handy for explaining what he stood for, found himself hoisted on his own petard.
Jeremiah 17:9 teaches us “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (KJV)
Of course, the Lord clearly knows what evil lurks in each of our hearts, according to verse 10 following after the above: “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jer. 17:10, KJV)
With this in mind, I will try to avoid judging this man for what he did, but only to point out nobody is safe from what happens if we let down our spiritual guard (I’m speaking to any of y’all saved Christians who happen onto this post) and entertain sin - especially sexual sin.
Various folks like Dan Savage (gay columnist who dredged up a lot of the sordid details behind Mr. Curtis’s erm, incident) will chalk this up as another failure for the conservative Right, after a rash of congressional page-molesters, bathroom stall toe-tappers, and sporting-house frequenters… and and yet also equivocate on how we all should just give up and give in to our basic sexual orientation. Or as another blogger suggests, he was simply on the “down-low”, and there just happened to be a preponderance of readily available young gays who could use a few C-notes, for lack of the effort involved in courting and maintaining a mistress.
No matter how you excuse it, giving in to any sexual sin is opening the door to far more degrading and vile acts. For all we know now, Mr. Curtis might have begun simply by lusting in his heart after women other than his wife. Then comes the porn, the internet, and anonymous hookups with whoever fits his bill.
And by way of his devilish dalliances, he met up with young master Joey “Cody” Castagna… a not-unattractive but perhaps a tad thuggish-looking young man with a growing rap sheet and snarled history of minor crimes and even a background as a gay pornographic actor. Notwithstanding a conviction for extortion of rep. Curtis… his rap sheet stands to get even longer, and Castagna faces possible prison time.
Moreover, both of them may well face eternal judgment (not specifically and only for this incident, but rather, and especially in Castagna’s case… for rejecting Jesus Christ). Again, I cannot say by only a few news media articles and some blogs what their spiritual status is… but looking at the fruit borne in both of these men’s lives, they might just want seek what God has to say about it.
This I have to say to you other GOP senators, congressmen, and other legislators: (all of you who stop here daily to read my humble wittle blog, of course)
Keep it zipped up and stowed away, and save it for your wives. And no, I am not going to tell you to find a sporting house somewhere discreet. Stop sinning against your own flesh, and against your families!
“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”
(1 Corinthians 6:18, KJV)
“Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.”
(1 Corinthians 7:2, KJV)
If you claim to stand on the Holy Bible as your authority… if you vote regularly against extending special privileges to the LGBT lobby, and vote for protecting the God-given family unit… then I exhort you to repent of your sexual infidelities, and make peace with your spouses, and submit therefore to the ordinances of God.
Please. control. yourselves.
If you cannot do that, then please do not re-run for election next term around… or do us a favour, and step down from office.
Better yet: Check in with Jesus and see if you are truly in the faith. Don’t think that you are above stumbling, for sin can creep in and strike when you are least ready for it.
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”
(2 Corinthinans 13:5, KJV)