Anyone who grew up in evangelical culture will be familiar with the often heard terminology that one is “not being a good witness” (to his Christian faith). A Christian is said to “not be a good witness” when he is caught in un-Christian behavior – smoking, drinking (at all or in excess depending on your denomination), shacking up with his girlfriend, etc. This is closely associated with the charge that engaging in open sin will “hurt your Christian testimony.” We’ll you can file this story under things that will most definitely hurt your Christian testimony.
Christian metal singer pleads guilty in California murder plot
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – The lead singer for the heavy metal Christian rock band As I Lay Dying pleaded guilty in California on Tuesday to a charge of soliciting an undercover detective posing as a hit man to kill his estranged wife.
Tim Lambesis, 33, entered the plea in a San Diego court as part of a deal that will net him a 9-year prison sentence, said his attorney, Thomas Warwick. Lambesis remains free on $2 million bail until his May 2 sentencing hearing, Warwick said.
Lambesis had been in a custody dispute with his wife, Meggan, regarding their three adopted children when in May 2013 he asked a personal trainer at his gym if he knew anyone who could kill his wife, according to charging documents in the criminal case.
The trainer contacted the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, which sent an undercover detective to meet with Lambesis
Yep, hiring a hitman to off your wife is definitely way up there on the list of things that wouldn’t be the best Christian witness. Now the old fuddy-duddy in me really wants to suggest that maybe there is something fundamentally (no pun intended) incompatable between Christianity and “heavy metal” music, but I will refrain for now. Such conversations take me back to my youth and the constant
harangue … err … concerned admonitions of youth ministers in the 80′s. A second take home lesson from all of this, and I’m not suggesting it mind you, but if you are dead set (again, no pun intended) on hiring a hitman, perhaps, just perhaps, your personal trainer is not the go to person to help you locate one.
All kidding aside, Mr. Lambesis is said to have lost his faith and become a heavy user of steroids. Hopefully the steroids help explains this bizarre turn of events, and we should all pray that Mr. Lambesis returns to his faith. Maybe his will be one of those post prison conversion stories, but I hope all will indulge me one small suggestion. Perhaps post release Mr. Lambesis should try his hand at Southern Gospel. I don’t recall ever seeing any headlines that read “Lead Singer of The Inspirations Pleads Guilty in Murder for Hire Plot.”