The news media is in a frenzy over sexual assault allegations:
government officials, church leaders, teachers, athletes, doctors and actors. This was a focus at the Academy Awards last week. But with all the talk of Harvey Weinstein (and no one is excusing his wicked behavior) the awards themselves were hypocritical.
Best picture went to a movie, according the Christian movie review, contains graphic nudity and sexual scenes. Another nominee for best picture was about a 17 year old boy and a 24 year old man’s homosexual encounter. Gary Oldman who won the Oscar for best actor was accused in 2001 by his ex-wife of physical and emotional abuse. Kobe Bryant won an Oscar for short film. The NBA star was accused of raping a woman in 2003. The court case fell apart when the woman wouldn’t testify. The case was reported to have been settled for $5 million (though Kobe denied paying her). Sue and I enjoyed watching some of the Winter Olympics but were sickened to learn that 110,000 condoms were given out at the games. It shouldn’t surprise us when the world abuses God’s wonderful gift of sex. Sinners behave sinfully.
May we as God’s people be different. Men, may we treat women as image-bearers; with respect and honor. May we all see sex as the gift the Creator intended it to be – for heterosexual marriage to procreate, to unify husband and wife and to illustrate the beautiful oneness we have in Christ. We can’t afford to say one thing and live another.