Each morning over the past few weeks we have all gotten out of bed and been informed of yet another sexual misconduct story. The latest names are Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor, but at the rate of accusations, they’ll likely fall into the background of the conversation as new allegations surface. Since Harvey Weinstein opened the floodgates, it’s become harder and harder to keep track of who, what, when and how. It’s a full-time job just paying attention, and very few want to be employed in such work.
Like all others, I have my thoughts about the accusers and the accused. I have watched with shock and disgust at the various reports that have come to dominate the news-cycle, and while it’s frustrating to see, I’m glad it’s coming to light. The accusations that are true should bring justice for the victims. Those who have committed true sexual assault should be punished, and those who are lying about or exaggerating their stories should likewise be disciplined. I won’t pretend to see an end in sight anytime soon, nor can I say with confidence that it won’t get worse with each passing day, but there are a few things I do know:
1. Christian values about sexuality still work.
For decades we have been mocked and lectured by the elites in Hollywood and the media. They have viewed Christianity as backwards, a weak-man’s crutch, and a useless relic of time gone by. Holding strong to the morality found in marriage between a man and a woman has been criticized endlessly by those with bully pulpits, but those principles are now being proven as stable and worth defending. Each new allegation is a reminder that in Jesus Christ, men and women respect and love each other, not because of some vague, cultural peer-pressure, but because Christ first loved us.
2. Men have a responsibility to lead.
I know we aren’t supposed to place men (especially those terrible and evil white men) on pedestals and talk about them in a positive way, but it’s true. Men are needed in this hour more than ever. Forget the talking heads that scream on and on about how awful men are and how every male is a serial rapist and sexist. The truth is, strong men are the backbone of a strong nation, and right now we have a dearth of strong men in the most influential positions in our culture. We must stop trying to destroy men, and instead pray for them to be Godly and honorable. Now is not the time to push men out of the way; it’s a time to bring light to those men who are doing the right thing. As a father of two young girls, I have used the recent upheaval as a prompt to redouble my efforts at righteous living and abstaining from the appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22).
The people who are decrying these unethical actions are the same people who have fed sexual promiscuity down the throats of multiple generations. Pavlov is mad that his dog is salivating!
3. A hyper-sexual culture creates a hyper-unstable population.
Why are we surprised that this society, which has promoted free sex, removed all barriers to carnal pleasures, and encouraged people everywhere to act like animals without consequences, is now facing down the monster of rampant sexual misconduct? Who do you think created this monster? The people who are decrying these unethical actions are the same people who have fed sexual promiscuity down the throats of multiple generations. Pavlov is mad that his dog is salivating! Have we so easily forgotten the age-old proverb that you reap what you sow?
4. The only way out of this mess is to return to the foundation we were built upon.
Godless values gave rise to sexual licentiousness, and we can’t expect those who pushed us into the quicksand to get us out. We need to realize just how far we have fallen as a nation, and with humble hearts go back to the principles our spiritual fathers laid out for us. To bring about the national healing we need so desperately, I can think of nothing greater, nothing more impactful, than obedience to God’s advice found in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.