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Were The Rules Different Then?

Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul, and successful independent film producer, has been headline news this past week.

The New York Times published a story detailing accounts of multiple sexual-harassment allegations against Weinstein over several decades. Three women have accused him of rape.

In response, Weinstein announced that he would be taking a leave of absence to enter rehab and receive counseling to deal with his behavior. He released a bizarre statement, a supposed apology, explaining his actions.

He began by saying “I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.”

Although Weinstein adds, “it’s not an excuse,” he’s really saying that it is. Lisa Bloom, an adviser to Weinstein, who has since resigned, claimed that he is a “dinosaur” who “came of age at a time when such behavior was more acceptable.”

Seriously? Were the rules different then?  Who said so?

Whether Weinstein or Bloom realize it or not, the “rules” for behavior were set a long time before the ‘60s and ‘70’s. Go back to the Ten Commandants in 1440 B.C. Listen to what Jesus said about lust. Return to Paul’s exhortation to the Ephesians and by implication and application to all of us.

“But among you, there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.” (Eph5:3-4)

Of course, such a standard is foreign to a culture and an industry that has normalized nudity, flaunted foul language, and glorified godless behavior. It is ironic that Hollywood lauds lustful behavior and sexual license but then people are shocked when one of its own is actually living that way.

In the past 50 years, our culture has systematically cast off restraints, rejected the Judeo-Christian morality on which America was founded, and as Cal Thomas expressed it is “ridding ourselves of most standards faster than a snake sheds its skin.” So, what do we expect? Why are we, and many in the media, shocked at  Weinstein’s wanton behavior? After all, haven’t even the most naive among us, heard of Hollywood’s “casting couch” for the aspiring actress?

However, before conservatives and some Christians become sanctimonious in their condemnation, let’s not forget that even among political conservatives and the religious right there are been plenty of sex scandals. Just last week Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) resigned his office last week after text messages were revealed between Murphy and his mistress. He advised her to have an abortion if she thought she was pregnant. Murphy claims to be “pro-life.”

All of this is a stark reminder to Christians that we live in a fallen, sin-cursed world. Hollywood is not our friend. Political parties let us down. Pop culture’s values are not family friendly. And the influence the world wields on us is probably underestimated and understated.

More importantly than therapy and counseling, what Weinstein really needs is Jesus and the saving power of the gospel. It’s what the world needs. It’s what we need. The rules haven’t changed.

We must heed the call to be spiritually transformed, and not conformed to this world (Rom 12:1-2). To live “soberly, righteously, and godly” (Titus 2:12). And to let our light shine in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation (Phil 2:14).

Satan’s sinful schemes are not confined to Hollywood. “Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1Cor. 10:12).

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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Reaction to the Nashville Statement

Recently 150 religious leaders met in Nashville, Tennessee, to ratify a statement regarding biblical sexuality now known as the “Nashville Statement.” The group’s organizer stated, “It was our aim to say nothing new, but to bear witness to something very ancient.”

The Nashville Statement consists of a preamble stating its purpose and 14 articles articulating their beliefs. Each of the articles includes a statement of affirmation as well as a denial. Continue reading

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The Decline of Shame in America

“I only need one,” boasted Bill Cosby, as he waited in a small third-floor conference room that he called “my dressing room.”

It is reported that through his recent trial for drugging and raping Andrea Constand, a former Temple University Basketball Manager, that Cosby was confident in a mistrial.

It turns out that Cosby was correct. The rape trial ended in a hung jury last week. Continue reading

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Eliminate any Hint of Sexual Impropriety

In her book, Settle For More, Megyn Kelly relates a time early in her broadcasting career about a rumor regarding her relationship with Britt Hume, her boss and  managing editor of the DC bureau of Fox News.

Radar Online started the story. Kelly was called a “Hume wrecker.” And she was furious. Megyn wrote that there was no romantic relationship between the two of them–“not a single inappropriate or even borderline moment, ever.” Continue reading

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Redefining Marriage: Are Three Better than Two?


Adam Lyons says he’s “the luckiest man alive.” Why? Because the Londoner living in Austin, Texas,  shares his life with two girlfriends, Brooke Shedd and Jane Shalakhova who are bi-sexual.

Lyons, the father of Shedd’s, 2 year old , Dante, is now expecting a baby boy with Shalakhova. The May 18th New York Post article extols their relationship called a “throuple.” The three share parenting duties as well as the same bed. They’re quoted as saying “For us, three definitely works better than two.” Continue reading

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1 in 4 Americans Think a “One Night Stand” is OK

 

“John is a sales executive who travels frequently on business,” writes blogger and family therapist, Abe Kass, “On one recent trip, he met an attractive woman in the hotel bar where he was staying. One thing led to another, and the two wound up having a one-night stand.”

“When John returned home and spoke about the incident with his therapist, John denied that the fling amounted to infidelity. ‘One night stands don’t count,’ John maintained. And he genuinely believed it.”

“Does this scenario sound absurd?” asks Abe. Continue reading

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Great Verses of the Bible: Matthew 19:4

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What happened to the Boy Scout oath?

“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

Duty to God? Morally Straight? These words are but a dim memory of what the Boy Scouts of America used to be. Continue reading

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