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What's Kobe's Measurement of a Woman?
by J. Grant Swank, Jr., Pastor
27 July 2003Grant Swank

Here's the bottom line: Kobe, like many other men, does not have a high regard for females.

Did he commit adultery?

Did he force sex on a 19-year-old?

What’s going on here? Should it all be a private matter? Was the woman lying to gain money? Are we rushing to judgment on this one? Are we being unfair to a celeb?

There are those who wrote me after my last post regarding this issue. Some said I was being too hard on Kobe. After all, being a pastor, I should have had more compassion.

Let’s get one thing straight here: Kobe did wrong. According to the Bible, he admits a sin. Then Kobe needs to be absolutely real regarding detail if he desires mercy from God.

That includes contrition, confessing his sin to God and those he has sinned against. That means making restitution to those he has sinned against. That means committing the rest of his life to holiness under God. That means taking seriously the personal judgment of his soul before God.

With that, Kobe could come into a clean conscience before God. Repenting genuinely of his sin he would discover divine grace for that sin, forgiveness from the Lord God, and hopefully the remaking of his future under God.

He would still suffer the earthly consequences of his sin, but his eternal soul would be righted before God.

Now as to what is the bottom line in all this confusion: Kobe, like many other men, does not have a high regard for females.

If he forced sex on the teen, he has not a regard for her person but her body. If he committed adultery, he has not a regard for his wife and the marital vows. If he committed adultery or forced sex, he has no regard for anyone if that sex was without protection, for he could transmit a deadly disease to others, including his wife.

Taking the latter into serious consideration, if Kobe were not found out regarding the sexual escapade with the teen, his wife would not know about that escapade. Then Kobe would continue having sex with his wife but she would have no knowledge that she might be contracting a deadly disease. If Kobe went out of bounds on other occasions with other women, then the same applies, not only to his wife but also to other women.

The gist of the sad situation is that Kobe has little regard for the female other than the use of her body. That is so terribly unsettling, especially regarding Kobe’s clean cut image and his sports accomplishments. But with such comes much responsibility. The latter has yet to be learned by Kobe, obviously.

Now Kobe is going to be stroked by his fans, those who make money off his sports success, and others who have lost their moral compass.

The female has no money near to the likes of Kobe. And now she has the finger of blame pointed at her by scores of individuals who will rush to judgment, making her out to be a liar, thus supposedly in some sense cleansing Kobe of his confessed "adultery."

The whole situation is muddy to the nth degree. And that is what comes of sex outside of marriage, though present-tense movies, TV sitcoms, novels, and such organizations promoting "creative sex" as Planned Parenthood broadcast just the opposite. "Do your own thing" and be happy.

"Happy" presently is not in Kobe’s vocabulary nor that of the teen nor those close to these persons.

Joseph Grant Swank, Jr., is the Pastor of New Hope Church in Windham, ME.  Pastor Swank's columns have appeared on IntellectualConservative.com, VIOdaily.com, AmericanDaily.com, MensNewsDaily.com, BushCountry.org, Chalcedon.com, ConservativeTruth.com, FreeRepublic.com, WoundedShepherds.com, among others.

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