The FaithWalkers Daily — Nov. 12: Petraeus Affair, Fiscal Cliffs, Fewer TV Viewers

  • General David Petraeus Resigns from CIA over Extra-Marital Affair

Respected General David Petraeus resigned as Director of the CIA last Thursday, citing an extra-marital affair with a woman later identified as his biographer.

Dig Deeper:

A Few Thoughts

Psalm 51 tells the story of David’s repentant heart, another renowned general who stumbled in a similar fashion. A Biblical response would be to pray for all involved, for forgiveness and healing for the General’s 38-year marriage, and that the situation not further confuse the investigation for the truth about what happened in Benghazi, Libya. The incident should also serve as a warning to all leaders to guard our hearts and relationships closely so that we and those close to us would not be caused to stumble.

“Guard your heart, for out of it proceed the issues of life.”


  • Network TV Ratings Drop Sharply

Viewership among 18-49 year-olds was down 10% at ABD, Fox, and CBS causing concern for advertisers. Only NBC saw an increase of 22%.

Dig Deeper:

 A Few Thoughts

I wish I could conclude that more people are spending their time being active with their families and less watching television, but the advent of DVR’s and Internet viewing don’t take me there. It should cause those in ministry/media efforts to reconsider the wise use of limited resources. It should also remind all of us to keep first things first when it comes to how much times we spend in our television viewing habits.

What could you do of eternal significance in the hour it takes to watch another television episode?


  • Fiscal Cliff Moves Both Sides toward Compromise. Maybe.

Our national debt is once again rapidly approaching the legal limit, forcing a showdown between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner. Both agree the limit has to be raised, but disagree about how to go about it. Some argue that we should cut spending instead of raising the debt limit.

Did Deeper:

A Few Thoughts

Not to worry, Rep. Barney Frank calls Moody’s actions “nonsense.”  I’m relieved. The bigger Biblical picture here has to do with the moral question of such crushing national debt. Since the Bible clearly discourages debt (“Own no man anything.” “The borrower is servant to the lender.”), what would be a God-honoring approach to our continuing debt pile-up? If it is morally wrong, how stiffly should a debt increase be resisted?

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly while expecting different results.

About Bill Blankschaen

Bill Blankschaen is a writer, author, and speaker who empowers people to live an authentic life with abundant faith. A former pastor, Christian school leader, and master teacher, he is the founder of FaithWalkers ( where he equips Christians to live an authentic life and a blogger on faith and cultural issues at Patheos and He is the author of several books including A Story Worth Telling: Your Field Guide to Living an Authentic Life, What God Wants You to Do Next, The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth, and multiple collaborative books including his latest with co-author Erick Erickson — You Will Be Made to Care: The War on Faith, Family, and Your Freedom to Believe (Regnery, February 22, 2016).
In addition to his own writing and speaking, Bill helps other people and organizations tell their own story in effective ways. He comes alongside authors as a collaborative writer, handcrafts engaging materials as a content creator, and creates an effective brand strategy as a platform developer with his team of creatives and digital technicians. (