I just noticed a news item highlighting the fact that a well-known actor’s “groping” trial is about to begin. At the same time, a high-profile, TV news magazine celebrity is back in the public eye over new allegations of his already famous sexual misconduct. Coming on the heels of the Jeffrey Epstein debacle, these reminders of our societal trends and sexual mores have not only become somewhat commonplace, they’re downright mind numbing.
It appears as though, the more aware we are of such misdeeds, the more they occur. The question that keeps rolling around in my mind is, “Don’t these guys get it?” Even a timid, pussycat like myself has become acutely aware that there are boundaries. I tried not to cross such lines in the past, but I’m increasingly cautious about what I say and do—particularly in the presence of the opposite sex.
Yet, the frequency of these exposures (no pun intended) looks to be exploding in an exponential manner. Somewhere along the way, somebody should be learning something—shouldn’t they? That’s not the case, however.
Is it that everything is just more public these days? Could it be that we’re just noticing these things and bringing them to light more often? Is it that, in the past, they were always covered up? I don’t have the answer to any of these questions, but I’ve surely been made more aware of my place in polite society. How can any twenty-first century American not see what’s going on?
Regardless of those circumstances, people seem to be throwing caution to the wind. Is it just that they have no self-control? Have they no discipline? Have they been reduced to mere sexual predation; operating on animal instinct and disregarding common sense? Or, even worse, maybe they just think they can get away with it.
All this puts me in mind of King David of Israel. Most of us can recall at least some of his story as it relates to a young lady by the name of Bathsheba. As the king, David had all the power. He saw a beautiful woman, desired her, and took her. Scripture doesn’t give us Bathsheba’s side of things, so we don’t know how consensual their little tryst was. What we DO know is that David was the guilty party. If there had been more social media in those days, all hell would have broken loose.
As it was, David committed murder and took Bathsheba as his wife to cover up his misdeeds (see 2 Samuel 11-12). His biggest problem, however, was that God knew. That seems to be the problem with his twenty-first century counterparts. None of them seem to realize (or care) that God knows. He, after all, is our final judge.
The more godless our society becomes, the more we feel like we can get away with things—not just sexual misconduct, but anything. If we think we can hide our sin, we try it. Sorry folks, but we can’t hide it forever.
[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently resides in Aldie, VA.]