How ‘shocked’ were you with all the recent wave of accusations about sexual abuse of every kind coming from Hollywood and our political system? Are you aghast at the thought that Mr. Spacey’s House Of Cards character maybe seemed all to real, and now you know why? Were you distraught over the photos of Senator Franken? What about the allegations against Judge Roy Moore? Let’s not even start with Mr. Weinstein….
For many Americans, the outcry started a year ago when stories and tapes of President Trump were surfacing during the leadup to election day. As in any heated political climate; in this case the Liberal left tried to raise themselves up as the only party protecting women while the Republicans tried to defend Mr. Trump. Of course, now, as the largely left leaning Hollywood begins to crumble under the very thing they were championing against, the Republicans are doing the same thing the Left was doing just a year ago.
The very same party who praise Bill Clinton, has been accused (and even admitted to some) of much of the same thing they are saying is a leading cause for Trump to be unfit for the presidency. The same party who excuses Trumps alleged actions is busy condemning Mrs. Clinton and her supposed involvement.
But enough about the politics of it all.
The real issue is we’ve all cast the first stone in this fight. As these issues come to public light, everyone wants to be the first to jump out and condemn the action or individual. We all want to be the first to judge and look like we have our life together and all the answers, but I argue we are all guilty of the same thing we are damning the offenders for.
- How can we justify watching porn while shouting on Twitter the depravity of what Trump said about a reporter?
- How can we celebrate an overly sexualized Game Of Thrones as we try to destroy Judge Roy Moore?
- How can we spend money on the 50 Shades of Grey franchise and be disgusted at Mr. Weinstein?
- Can we look at someone else with lustful thoughts and decry Senator Franken?
The answer is a resounding NO. To say yes to any of these are outright lies and feeble attempts at trying to cover up our own sin by condemning these who’s sins have come to light.
I’m reminded of the story in the book of John where Jesus is confronted by a group of Pharisees and a women they caught in the act of adultery. Jesus’ answer to their question whether the woman should be stoned was simple:
‘And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” ‘ John 8:7
Am I saying what they did isn’t bad? No, I’m saying we are all just as sinful. The moral compass of this world has been turned around with our fear of offending anyone, calling sin as it is, and pushing God further from our lives. 2 Timothy 3 is so on-point with where we are as a society today:
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth… 2 Timothy 3:1-7
Let’s all try and be consistent in our calling sin, regardless of political party, as it is without going gray.
Christians, let’s all continually work to identify and repent of the sin in our lives and be an example to the world. It’s not our place to judge, that is God’s place. But it is our place to call out sin and point the sinner (everyone including you) to the only one who can heal our brokenness.