It seems like every day there is a celebrity falling from the pedestal they’ve been placed on. Every day, we wake up and wonder who else is going to have some major wrongs to make right, apologies to offer, consequences to deal with. We’re seeing men in power answering for their decades of sexual assault, abuse, and harassment. Good. As it should be. I once had a married supervisor ask me if I would consider sharing a hotel room with him when we went to New Jersey for an overnight training…you know, to save the company money. I was 20 years old, working in the service department of a car dealership-one of two women in a department of about 30 men. Of course, I said no. To their credit, when I reported this, the company made sure that supervisor had zero contact with me and he was soon removed. (Also-if at any point you thought that I put myself in a position to receive said harassment by working in a male dominated field, you have an answer as to why this has been able to go on for so long. It’s not my fault, and I expect more from men. That’s appropriate.)
Right now, though. This is an important time. We’re seeing staples of our society, powerful men, fall from power due to their predatory behavior. The same cannot be said of our politicians, but the time will come. I don’t care how beautiful of a movie Harvey Weinstein can push through, if he’s assaulted a woman he needs to be held accountable. I don’t care if the morning t.v line up gets a shake up. Whether your last name is Clinton or Trump, assault is assault and you need to be held accountable for it. I’m watching this time and I’m wondering…what will be next?
There is a relief and a fear in knowing that the shaking is happening right now. Beth Moore just tweeted today, “If I’ve ever seen a time in my life I thought Jesus was about to clean house, it’s now. I say this with holy fear and self examination. Christ’s theology of secrecy in Mark 4:22 can be summed up in 2 words: secrets manifest. There are good secrets and bad secrets. Both come out. Time to deal, fellow Jesus followers, servants, leaders. Time to do our own house cleaning before Jesus takes the broom to us. Time to straight up END duplicity, time to repent, seek help, counsel. Time to sow things of the Spirit in secret places so they’re what manifest.”
The crashing of idols will cause our ground to shake. Celebrity culture, party politics…they’re going to fall. People are flawed and this nation is temporary. After the dust settles, there will be a Cornerstone that has not moved. I want to use this time to check myself instead of reveling in the fall of another. I am never so far from a terrible choice as I would like to think. Thanks be to God for His grace-that He promises He can know all of my thoughts, and if I ask Him to search my heart He will be faithful to reveal the dark places.