When Good Men Fall

Over the past few years, I have witnessed the fall of several colleagues, some of which have had catastrophic consequences, two of whom are still serving prison sentences. In most cases, I never saw it coming. It occurs to me as I have reflected on this over the past few days that each one has had a deleterious effect upon me. Not least is the creeping cynicism that accompanies it. Some of these men embraced a strict view of holiness with stringent ethical demands: I can recall one preaching the most moving sermon on the demands of holiness which had the effect of making me engage in some serious self-examination.