The other night at prayer meeting our pastor was discussing David and Bathsheba. He asked the twenty-or-so of us sitting around a table to speculate as to what excuse David might have used to justify his transgression.
“She tempted me,” was one reply. “It’s just the way I am,” was another.
There were a handful of children at the meeting. They usually stay quiet. Not because they are not permitted to participate, but just from normal reluctance to speak in front of the adults. This time, however, after a short pause, a young boy, I guess he’s about nine, spoke out. He gave this possible rationalization on King David’s behalf:
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!”
Everyone had a great laugh at the innocence behind the comment. (Not that I think children are innocent, but he was certainly innocent of the full range of his comment’s implications.) It was especially fun to watch his parents, who are great friends, turn beet red.
But you know, he probably hit the nail on the head. Perhaps some of the most grievous sins occur because they appear as once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.