May 20, 2017: From Out of the Depths
Psalm 40:1-3 (KJV)
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.3 He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
“Dr. Williams, there is a call for you on line one. I think it is the office of legal affairs.”
“Thank you, Sally,’ Dr. Williams picked up his phone, “This is Dr. Williams, and how can I help you?”
“Well, actually I think it is you that will need our help. We have been receiving several calls from former students accusing you of sexual misconduct with several young college women over the past several years. Frankly, Dr. Williams, the evidence is all heresy but if this gets out in the open I do not know how we can protect your reputation.”
The voice on the other end of the phone continued, “I have been assigned your case by the Chancellor’s office. Mr. Johansson has volunteered to pay for all your legal costs associated with this. He is one of our largest donors for the university and he wanted to express his support of your work here at the University these past fifteen years. In fact, he speaks rather highly of you and your work. He indicated to me that he does not want your reputation damaged as a result of these, what he called, lies”
Dr. Williams sat silently at his desk as he listened to the number of complaints that were being lodged against him. “How could this be happening now? Things at the church were going well, he was making significant progress with several students on campus in their walk with Christ, and his marriage was the best he could ever have imagined. He felt as if every foundation he had been standing on was now crumbling.
“Dr. Williams are you still there?” the voice on the other end asked.
It seemed like time just stopped and it was all a dream.
‘Excuse me, sir, I just have to take a moment. I am caught off guard with this. I have always tried to be above reproach in my work here and everywhere else for that matter.
“I have never once been alone in any room with any college student. I always have my office nurse or my medical assistant present in every room to prevent this kind of problem. I can’t see how any of these accusations would stand in any court of law.”
“Dr. Williams. I have seen how our courts have been evolving over the past several years. With all the sexual misconduct by those in political and educational positions of authority, it seems the accused is always presumed guilty unless they can prove their innocence. These accusations have a way of staying with you regardless of the truth of their claims.”
“Who am I speaking with?” Dr. Williams asked.
“Sir, this is Joe Waters. I have been at the office of legal affairs almost as long as you have been at the University. I have heard of your reputation among many of the students and I think you have a chance of your reputation withstanding these accusations, but I must advise you that that chance is slim at best even with an impeccable reputation like yours.”
“Thank you for your candor, Mr. Waters. I need people around me that will tell me the truth and not just what I want to hear,” replied Dr. Williams, feeling somewhat relieved that he had someone from the university on his side, it seemed.
“Mr. Waters,” Dr. Williams continued.
“Please, Dr. Williams you can call me by my first name. It is Joe to you, sir.”
“Ok, then, Joe with your years of legal experience, what would you suggest my plan of action should be?” Dr.Williams began to think back to all the years he had her working alongside the students and many of the faculty. He was just coming into the prime of his ministry on this campus. He surely did not want to see all this destroyed and his reputation tarnished where he may never be able to work on a college campus again.
“To be honest Dr. Williams I think the safest route for you is to take the offer Mr. Johansson is offering.”
“What is that?” Dr. Williams inquired.
“Frankly I have not seen any offer to even approach this offer. HE is offering to provide you and your wife a settlement out of court in the area of two million dollars. There would be no admission of guilt but you would have to move to a location out of state. You would receive a great reference from the university with no record of any of these accusations. He has even offered to purchase your home so you would not have to go through the ordeal of trying to seal it in this down market. I think he is even willing to buy it at a price above market value.”
“Wow, that is some sweet offer! I don’t see how I could pass that up.”
“If you were to accept this offer you could be out of your house and you and your wife could move to a pace that is more agreeable with your views. You could have the house of your dreams beyond anything your wife could desire and you would never have to worry about finances again. I do think this is the best offer I have here seen given to anyone that has had so many accusations lodged against them.”
“‘There is one catch to this offer.” Joe continued. “You have until the end of this week to accept it. After Friday at 5 p.m. the offer will be rescinded and the University will proceed with a court case to convict you of these charges and any others that surface during the trial that will surely be a nasty ordeal.”
“Well, Joe, I do not want to make any decision hastily. I want time to pray about this with my wife and my church before any decision is made.” With that, Dr. Williams said good-bye to Joe Waters.
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“Sir, we have all the news of the Williams spreading as fast as we can get it out. Becki Wilson seems to be on the rampage. She is spreading the false rumors as fast as she possibly can. She is like someone possessed,” squealed the youngest demon assigned to this battleground.
“Yes I can see that you have done your job well my young deceiver,” Old Slew Foot remarked.
Another Demon interrupted with some disturbing news, “O Wicked Master, we cannot locate Pastor Henry and several of his key members. It seems the Williams have disappeared from our radar as well. I’ afraid sir, something is happening like it did back in the early 1900’s,” this one demon admitted with great hesitation.
“This cannot happen again my deceivers. We must find them and stop them before they can start up their prayer meetings. We simply cannot allow them to get any traction in this place,” Old Slew Foot was beginning to tremble ever so slightly but he could not let on to any of his lesser ones.