Saturday, September 12, 2009

$60 can end your career

I’ve never understood the appeal of prostitution. It certainly is not something that I’ve ever considered. Besides the obvious risk of catching some nasty STD, there is the social damage which can occur if caught in the act. Please notice that I am not saying prostitution is morally wrong. I’m aligned with the “what two adults do together is their own business” school of thinking. My lack of interest in prostitution is essentially an economic argument. The risk of a potential bad outcome is too high to risk the reward of a… good outcome.

Pastor John Kameron Erbele experience a bad outcome recently. He was arrested in a prostitution sting. He agreed to exchange $60 for an unspecified sex act. Of course the risk in this case is exposure as a person who does not live the values he preaches.

After Erbele left to lead the LifePrint Church in Minnesota, he continued to work with SHEC from afar, Luhmann said. He resigned from SHEC in July of this year.

"It's a terrible thing when someone in a trusted position of spiritual leadership betrays that trust," Luhmann said. "It's wrong, it's sinful, it's betraying, but yet it happens, and we have to deal with it."

Pastor Erbele works for Lifeprint church in Prior Lake. The church  acknowledged the problem in a special post on their website. From my experience, acknowledging a problem with your pastor is not something that typically happens in situations like this. It will be interesting to see how this case pans out.