If you weren’t aware of the decades of allegations against R&B singer/songwriter/musician R. Kelly, then you probably were after the Lifetime Network documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly” that originally aired a few years ago.
His recent convictions for racketeering, sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery, sex trafficking, threaten to over shadow his creative genius. His inability to control his flesh will likely cost him his freedom for the rest of his life.
There’s no question that R. Kelly had intimate relationships with many women. He admits that himself. And, it’s no question that his lust for women has gotten him in trouble. His problem is that many of these women have been underage. He’s accused of summoning women to his ‘palace’ and abusing his power to influence them and take advantage of them. Some of the women’s families have accused him of brainwashing their daughters. The women interviewed stated that R. Kelly abused his ‘power’ and influence to control them.
But, there is another man in history who had a love for and quite frankly, lust for many women. The bible lets us know that he was intimate with numerous women. This man was even identified as a man after God’s own heart…King David.
Acts 13:22 (NKJV)
22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’
But, even though David was a man after God’s own heart, he wasn’t perfect. None of us are.
King David was also a singer/songwriter/musician.
As he was relaxing on the roof of His palace he saw a woman bathing outside. This woman, Bathsheba, wasn’t only another man’s wife, but she was the wife of a man, Uriah, who was devoted and loyal to David. Uriah was one of the soldiers in his army. David was attracted to her and abused his power as king to summon her to his palace. In fact, David summoned many women to become his wives. I’m sure she felt pressured to please the king, just as many of the women said they felt pressured to please R. Kelly.
After King David was intimate with Bathsheba, she became pregnant and to make a long story short, after the scheming and manipulating to hide the pregnancy didn’t work, he had Uriah killed. He then he took Bathsheba to be his wife.
We see that David and R. Kelly had some things in common,
But there was one big difference in David and R. Kelly.
As of the time of his convictions, R. Kelly hadn’t acknowledged or repented of doing anything wrong.
After being confronted with his sin, David repented…
2 Samuel 12:13 (NKJV)
13 So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.
Psalm 51:4 (NKJV)
4 Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just [a]when You speak,
And blameless when You judge.
David’s repentance is what confirms he was a man after God’s own heart.
R. Kelly has a huge library of music and some of his songs are even spiritual and sung in churches. However, there are many people today who refuse to listen to R. Kelly’s music anymore. Radio stations all over the world are refusing to play his music. There are those who are demanding to ‘Mute or Erase R. Kelly’. Again, Mr. Kelly has not yet acknowledged or repented of any wrong doing.
We all know that David, under the inspiration of God, wrote most of the Psalms which of course are songs. They teach us how to worship, pray, praise, celebrate and even lament.
If David was living today, even though he repented, there would be many people who would refuse to listen to or sing many of the Psalms. There would be people wanting to ‘Mute or Erase David’ because of his serious sins. But, here’s the difference…again, David repented.
Both David and R. Kelly’s sins were revealed and made public.
We all have something in common with both of them…
Everyone of us has had dark moments. Moments of which we are very ashamed.
Our shameful moments maybe not to the extreme of David and R. Kelly, but nevertheless, moments that we don’t want anyone to know about. Take a moment to think about some of the most shameful things you have done (or are still doing) and thank God for allowing them to remain secret.
If you haven’t already stopped habitual, sinful behavior, stop it now and repent, just like King David did.
And remember this, the same forgiveness that was available to King David is available to both R. Kelly and to all of us. His spiritual story isn’t over yet. What if David died right after his sin with Bathsheba? Would his Psalms be included in the bible? Would his influence on the kingdom of God be erased?
Because just like King David, you can be a man or woman after God’s own heart, too.
I know there will be some people who will be critical of me comparing R. Kelly to David. But, God let’s us know that everything in the bible, especially the Old Testament, was written for our example…
1 Corinthians 10:11 (NKJV)
We must use the examples of both David and R. Kelly to help us with your relationships with God.
Remember, the entire bible reminds us that His grace and mercy through Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ, endures forever.