Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.- Galatians 6:7-8
The immoral chickens have come home to roost. They always do. In fact, they have been for years. The sad reality is that usually immorality is covered up by many for the sake of protecting a brand and an industry. Scandals are not new to Hollywood yet for some reason the Harvey Weinstein scandal has brought out condemnation from even Hollywood itself.
In all of this God is not mocked despite the fact that for decades many Hollywood movies have done just that, mock God. Have no doubt about it, God will have the last laugh. So many times, I would see Harvey Weinstein laughing, smiling all the while knowing that he was getting away with his immorality simply because of his power, influence, and money. With the world turning against him I am sure those smiles are gone. Left behind are the tear-stained cheeks, abused bodies, and years of brokenness.
The allegations against Harvey Weinstein are serious and this is just the beginning. The problem with the Weinstein sex abuse scandal is that it is a reflection of Hollywood itself and by extension our society. For years Hollywood has been a beacon of immorality. Many of the movies produced by Hollywood studios over the years have glorified immorality, and yet they act shocked when it is revealed one of their own was caught in the same kind of immorality. They now reap what they have sowed for years. Yet it seems from their perspective that it is ok to display immorality on the silver screen but not in real life. Clearly, Harvey Weinstein engaged in this behavior for years and it is just coming to the light. It is very hard to believe that no one knew what was happening. We can’t put the blame on the victims here for the lack of disclosure. Having worked in the field of trauma and with domestic violence, I have seen how very difficult it is for a victim to just come out and reveal abuse especially when the perpetrator has so much influence and power.
Thankfully we know that sin is always brought to the light. “For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” (Luke 8:17) As this story continues to develop and more details are brought to the light we need to pray that God uses this revelation of sin to bring out about a cleansing of the immorality that is pervasive on our screens. Let us not forget that Harvey Weinstein did not create this immoral culture, he is a product of it.
There continues to be so much darkness in our culture. The darkness is everywhere. The reason? A culture without Christ as the center, is a blind culture. Jesus tells us “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6:23)
Amid this darkness, it is no wonder we have men like Harvey Weinstein. Yet remember he is not alone. What about Bill Clinton, or Antony Weiner. The list goes on and on with famous people and non-celebrities alike. The only hope, the only true light that can dispel this darkness, is not the bright light emanating from your smartphones, 4k televisions, or even Hollywood’s silver high definition screens. We need the light of Christ.
Jesus came for this very reason. He came to dispel the darkness. “the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them, a light has dawned.” (Matthew 4:16)
Today there is outrage from liberals, conservatives, Christians, and atheists alike at the news about Harvey Weinstein. How long will this last? Often, we react to these scandals like we do accidents on the road, we slow down just long enough to rubberneck and then we are on our way. While in no way equating any of us to Weinstein, let us not forget that we are all sinners. Some of us sinners saved by grace and we always pray that all may be saved including Harvey Weinstein. Sadly though, what appears to be a great coming to light is usually just a front. Most people give the impressions they are in the light especially during times like these but they themselves remain in the dark.
“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (John 3:19-21)
Our culture needs to return to an absolute moral standard and compass as found in the truth of the Word of God. Clearly, Harvey Weinstein failed to understand this when in 2009 he said, “Hollywood has the best moral compass.” Today the best that Hollywood can do, as they distance themselves from Harvey Weinstein, is look within. “Be careful lest the light in you be darkness.” (Luke 11:35). We all should say “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalm 139:23-24) If you haven’t already, turn to Jesus for “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5)