Gothard overcomes temptation
OAKBROOK, Illinois - Bill Gothard shocked his entire staff when he announced during a recent meeting that he needed to ask for their forgiveness. Indicating that he'd received "inappropriate material" in the mail, Mr. Gothard explained how he'd carried it into his house. Shocked, the young men and women on his staff looked at each other as Mr. Gothard shared this with downcast eyes.
"I should have destroyed it immediately," he said. "I told myself it wouldn't hurt to just let it sit on the kitchen counter for a few minutes." But soon, he admitted, the temptation to look at the "material" overcame him. "For years I've preached against debt and credit cards," he said. "I never expected to be entrapped by a free credit card offer."
Mr. Gothard told his staff that he nearly called the 800 number to take advantage of the offer. "Satan knows how to make the appearance of evil as alluring as possible," Mr. Gothard explained. "Rather than considering the consequences of my actions, all I could think about were the frequent flyer miles I'd accrue if I signed up for the card."
Thankfully, Mr. Gothard shared, "something" stopped him. "I just knew if I began dialing that number I would be crossing the point of no return."
"Debt makes you a slave," he said, "and yet it looked so inviting. I literally had to run outside and jog around the house to deaden the temptation. After all, Scripture warns us to flee evil." As he ran, Mr. Gothard visualized putting on the armor of God and identified Prayer Targets.
Mourning a country where "wickedness can enter your very living room," Mr. Gothard made a commitment right there before his staff to always call his accountability partner when opening his mail. "You never know what you're capable of in a moment of weakness. But character is what you do when no one is watching."