I have a secret that is not so very secret. For the past week or so, since news of Harbin’s DUI, my inbox has overflowed with tips about his personal life, along with names, pictures, etc.
I think an objective review of Peach Pundit will show I don’t shy away from posting stuff like that. But I think this is a different case. There is no media story out or, like in the case of Glenn Richardson, about to come out about Ben Harbin, beyond his DUI.
What I will say is that Ben Harbin clearly has some deep personal issues that need to be resolved. A lot of people are wanting something said publicly because Mr. Harbin has held himself out, apparently, to be a deacon of his church. I don’t know if he still is, but I would say to Mr. Harbin directly that, should the things I’ve been emailed be true, he should go pull out his Bible, open it to 1 Timothy 3 and read.
If he cannot say he honestly meets the criteria the Apostle Paul sets forth for being a deacon, he should leave the position (assuming he is still one). And Mr. Harbin, if you are having difficulty in this, let me be more blunt — should your personal life have the issues my email suggests you have, you should not be serving as a deacon.
Now, to those of you throwing stones at Mr. Harbin in my email, I’ve read them. I find delving into the personal lives of political figures distasteful. I know the GOP does it to the Democrats and vice versa, but there are also innocent families involved who don’t need to have their family’s dirty laundry aired.
Should something come out of all of this making Mr. Harbin’s personal life newsworthy beyond his DUI, I’ll post. Until then, I’ll take a pass and leave Mr. Harbin’s family to provide the tough love he probably needs.