Sex and the Single Accuser

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.

Learn Something

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.

Consensual

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.]

It’s All Your Fault

Unless you’ve been living off the grid the past few days, you know that there have been two mass shootings in our country taking the lives of almost thirty people. You probably also have taken note that everyone is pointing fingers.

Democratic candidates for the presidency are blaming Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump is blaming the Internet and the holes in the mental health system. I heard a pundit blame parents while an associate added that “it takes a village” and included the entire community in on the blame game. Other people are upbraiding the NRA, computer games, liberal courts, and/or the lack of prayer in the schools. I don’t have the space to include the entire list, but I’m guessing you get the picture (or have already gotten it).

A Tad Ludicrous

I haven’t heard anyone blame Wal*Mart as yet, but I suppose that’s coming. If their prices weren’t so low, there wouldn’t have been as large a crowd at which the shooter could have taken aim. That’s a tad ludicrous, I know, but not any more ridiculous than attributing guilt to a bunch of innocent third parties.

Sooner or later, some commentator will get around to actually impugning the shooters themselves. It’s not as interesting to do so, but it’s where the guilt actually lies. Regardless of where you place culpability, however, it seems to be national sport to point a bony digit at someone you don’t like. I saw a meme yesterday that suggested we should blame everything bad on the people who disagree with us politically. That sounds like literature imitating life.

The fact is, blaming other people is nothing new. You only have to get a couple of pages into Genesis before you see Adam accusing Eve of tempting him to eat the fruit. Then he charged God for giving him Eve as a wife. Not to be outdone, Eve blamed the serpent. It doesn’t say so, but I’m guessing the serpent just smiled.

Resident Evil

In the book of Revelation, it tells us that Satan is the serpent. All that causes me to suspect that Satan is still smiling as we blame everyone else for our societal ills. There is a resident evil in this world, and as much as I hate to say it, it’s not merely our politicians. We all unwittingly fall prey to it when we deny the real troublemaker.

Just before Cain killed his brother, Abel, the Lord cautioned him that sin was crouching at his door. He ignored the warning and murdered his sibling anyway (Genesis 4:6-8). The more we entertain sin, the closer we come to committing evil acts ourselves. Fortunately, most of us will never become mass murderers (thank God). We will, however, entertain sin in our lives, and our society will grow all the worse for it.

Don’t be deceived by your own righteousness. King David was “a man after God’s own heart,” and yet he killed Uriah. Consequently, the sword never departed from his house. We may be reaping what we sowed.

[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently resides in Aldie, VA.]