Kevin McCullough

When is it ever allowable to observe a person's behavior and then draw conclusions about it, particularly as to whether such behavior is rational, moral, healthy etc?

Is it ever appropriate to give voice to those observations and conclusions?

For instance, this past week, New Yorkers got served up heaping portions of a superstar baseball player's adultery on the front pages of their newspapers. Alex Rodriguez was spotted coming out of a strip club with a "chesty blonde" that he has also been photographed with in several cities when away from the friendly confines of home. This week he was photographed not only leaving the strip club with her, but entering his hotel moments later.

In mentioning these actions on my radio show two interesting responses developed.

Women in large numbers responded with appreciation for discussing a topic that is now seldom even discussed from church pulpits anymore. The other reaction were self-proclaimed Christian men who insisted that I was being too harsh on A-Rod.

Two of the women who responded phoned my show anonymously but later revealed themselves to be wives of professional athletes who have faced or were concerned about facing the very same thing. They also expressed sincere thanks for allowing my listeners to chew over the implications of what adultery does - not just to the innocent wife left home, but to the children of that marriage, and in addition in A-Rod's case - every child that has read his children's book.

The male callers who criticized my coverage also ended up revealing some additional information to me. The most vociferous critics had themselves engaged in adultery. Interestingly enough they based their criticisms on the "speck and log" instruction from scripture. (Not to remove the speck from your brother's eye, until you had removed the log from your own.) The inference was that unless one has never struggled with the issue of lust in their own life then they are disqualified from casting criticism A-Rod's way. I also thought it was convenient that by attempting to disqualify me from discussing the issue of sexual morality - they themselves would not be forced to listen to such discussion, which might have in turn caused them to feel a twinge of conviction on the issue.

A-Rod's statement to the press: "It won't be a distraction" to the team, or himself. Which is all well and good, but any thought about how Mrs. Rodriguez might feel about it?


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