G-Pop wrestled with today’s topic for the better part of three hours, at which time he concluded it might be smarter just to avoid the subject.
But “smart” is only a safe place until trouble catches up with you, and once it does, you’d better know where you stand because the sheer brunt force can knock you over.
Our news cycle is full of reports of famous people who have been guilty of rape, molestation and sexual harassment. G-Pop wants to make it clear that there’s nothing more distasteful than offending those who are helpless of resisting powerful resolve.
But there is a truth being left out of the equation.
We all were young.
In our history, we all have shameful portions which would be humiliating if they were revealed to the public eye.
Matter of fact, the truth is that the imaginations of a man’s heart is evil continually from his youth.
It is only through the aid of Spirit and respect that we overcome this cloud.
So G-Pop is saying that when men or women commit an egregious act in their teens, twenties or even their thirties, it is often due to the absence of restraint or maturity. Now, if they continue in that lifestyle into their forties, fifties and further, you’re dealing with someone with a reprobate mind. “Reprobate,” in this case, means someone who is fully aware of the nastiness of the deed, but just doesn’t care.
But to use the blunt force of the American press to track down offenders, trying to convict them with Internet juries, is beneath our country’s integrity.
By no means is G-Pop defending the actions of those who have been predators. But he will admit there are things he did in his twenties which he has prayed for forgiveness, and also prays will never be brought to his charge.
There is a process that I think is better than the full, outright exposure of sinister deeds to the American public.
The process was presented by Jesus about two thousand years ago, when he stated that if you’ve been offended by someone who’s done something unacceptable, then go to them personally and confront them with the transgression. He said if they hear you and repent, you’ve gained a brother, and you’ve also removed negativity from a news cycle.
But if they don’t hear you, privately take two or three witnesses who can attest to the validity of the complaint. At that point, if the transgressor desires to change his or her ways, you not only have a confession but two or three witnesses who can help hold the accused to a new path.
Then Jesus says if they don’t hear you at that point, take them to “the entire church.”
Now, what would be the parallel of that with Spacey, Weinstein and the others? Long before they were cast into the public amphitheater for torture, they should have been brought before their peers and given the opportunity to transform. Yes, Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey should have been brought before the Screen Actors Guild. Bill Clinton should have been brought before the Democratic Committee, and Louis C. K. should have answered to top comedians in his field.
You must admit, that would be a startling position to find oneself in.
But Jesus, having great wisdom and knowing that some people just won’t repent, said that if they won’t listen to the church or to their organization, they should be treated like outcasts.
The problem, folks, is that because we’ve all sinned and fallen short of anything glorious, none of us could stand to be brought in front of the entire country as an outcast without first having a more private way to recant.
G-Pop does not doubt the validity or the sincerity of the accusers.
G-Pop is not questioning that these gentlemen or ladies have committed heinous acts.
I’m saying the way we go about it is hypocritical, since we know “we are not without sin” … but still find ourselves gathering stones.
Published by Jonathan Cring