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you have to be available to youth when you are a committed christian called to christ.

Posted by infrequent | January 21, 2008 2:35 PM

Jesus loves all the little children

Posted by vooodooo84 | January 21, 2008 2:37 PM

Can't we all just be available err.. I mean friends?

Posted by Reality Check | January 21, 2008 2:39 PM

Remember guys, you have to avoid not just inappropriate behavior but also the appearance of inappropriate behavior.

Posted by Greg | January 21, 2008 2:51 PM

The full article mentions (alleged) lewd text messages sent by the pastor to the girl. I find it difficult to condemn a man on the unsubstantiated word of another, but if he left a digital trail he dug his own grave.

Even if she likes you, it's not appropriate to send a 13-year-old sexy messages. That goes without saying, right?

Posted by Lauren | January 21, 2008 4:15 PM

what i notice missing from this story is the adult/friend who contacted authorities. usually a mom or a friend or someone else learns of the "relationship" and calls the police. in this case, it seems the girl was the one who made the call.

Posted by infrequent | January 21, 2008 4:46 PM

Honestly, I am kinda on the pastor's side for this one a little. But only a little. Youthgroupie girls learn to cruise for men before kids that age even know what cruising is. And they usually get them.

Posted by Voice Of Experience | January 21, 2008 4:48 PM

@6: Weird... I see what you mean--the article states that the girl made the report. But why?

Perhaps she was forced to by her parents?

If you have a youth minister, chances are your parents have some expectation of you maintaining your "godly" virtue. Get busted flirting with your youth minister? You probably don't dare tell them that you had a crush on the man. You've got five more years under their roof, after all. And then the story changes...

Or, maybe she got in over her head. I remember being attracted to men at a fairly young age, but I wouldn't have known what to do with one if it had gotten that far.

Or hell, maybe she's a budding sociopath. Ever heard the song "Missed Me" by the Dresden Dolls?

Posted by Lauren | January 21, 2008 5:09 PM

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