So the heavy topic of Hollywood Harvey et al is not my usual “Fun Friday” vibe, but I do want to weigh in on a couple of aspects.
First, as an American and as an attorney, I am horrified by any breakdown of the rule of law. When rapists go free, it’s not just a lack of justice served to a particular woman, it’s an unraveling of society. That’s not an overstatement. Personally, I would be all for rapists serving lifelong sentences and also being publicly flogged on a weekly basis. The argument would be made that it would be cruel and unusual, but I believe, and I’m serious about this, that it would be just and deterring. No one is beyond redemption. Our God is the God of second chances. Harvey could give his life to Christ and serve him the rest of his days. I believe that. 100%. But I still want him doing that from a jail cell. And I still want the likes of him flogged, weekly, till the day they die. Praise God there is eternal justice, see Golgotha. But civilized society must be committed to enforcing laws, and sadly ours really isn’t.
How wicked must the culture in Hollywood be that causes so many to overlook such evil? And yet it’s not just Hollywood, it’s many workplaces, many campuses, many sectors of society. It’s worth pondering how in the world we got here. I bet deep down we all know many of the answers.
But I’m going to switch gears on you completely. One problem in our world is overlooking too much. Another problem, and on the surface it seems totally illogical, is the inability to overlook anything. The outrage over the microaggression is rampant. Firestorms over minor slights, and silence in the face of rape. Odd, isn’t it? Or maybe it actually makes sense when you recognize the self-righteous needs of a condemning culture. The American Pharisee thrives on distinguishing themselves from lesser humans, saying, “I would never do that.” Expressing outrage over every little offense gives purpose and identity to many. Surely you’ve seen evidence of this in your life. If not, spend 8 seconds on social media.
But what does the Bible say? It says: “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”(Proverbs 19:11). I’m praying today that I’ll have good sense, be slow to anger, consistently overlooking little offenses. But I’m praying too for justice, praying that the rule of law will make a tremendous comeback in this nation. Will you too pray with me on both of these? Grace and Justice. Remember they met –and were utterly complete — only on the Cross.
Love to You,