by Moody Adams
Eliot Spitzer fell from the top heights of popularity and power to face demands for his resignation and possible imprisonment. All for a night with a prostitute.

For a nation asking “Why” the Bible gives some clues: “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). Acquaintances describe the governor as “arrogant.” And arrogant men are suckers for prostitutes.

Prostitutes use flattery to seduce men and get their money. Proverbs 7 tells of a woman “With the attire of an harlot” seducing a young man, With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks” (Proverbs 7:6, 22, 23). Spitzer’s call girl company boasted having beauty contest winners and models giving a flattering ego appeal.

Wealth easily makes men feel superior, entitled to every thing they want and therefore easily seduced. When the Prodigal Son got his inheritance he devoured his fathers savings “with harlots” (Luke 15:30).

Samson was the ruler of the nation of Israel, and like the ruler of New York state he went “to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her” (Judges 16:1). Neither flattering words nor wealth can boast pride like a position of power. They feel the rules do not apply to them. They have the power. Nothing can bring them down. And so they fall.

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