12 Oct Good News
Sometimes I wonder if the news we consume is worth reading or watching. We see story after story designed to get our attention, and the more shock value there is, the easier it is for the news companies to gain readership and viewership. Whether it is severe weather, violence, political drama, or entertainment, there is a formula that results in interest and ratings.
When a story comes out, I try to decide if I need to invest some of myself into it. Do I need to spend my time learning about it? Will this be a story that has staying power and/or will be part of our culture? There are times when a story requires my attention because it has the potential to be a teaching moment. One of those stories broke this week.
Harvey Weinstein is a moviemaker. If the multiple reports are true, he is also a serial sexual predator. His movies have earned over 300 Academy Award nominations. His alleged abuse of power over 20 years has severely damaged countless women. With rumors of sexual favors required by casting directors, there has always been a dark cloud over Hollywood, and these latest allegations just confirm the rumors.
You may wonder why the Harvey Weinstein case is important. The FBI is investigating criminal charges against Weinstein, and his wife has separated from him. But those aren’t the reasons. He is connected to the leadership of the Democratic Party and major players in the world of entertainment, but that doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things either.
Weinstein’s story matters because it shines a light on behavior that is unacceptable. We aren’t supposed to treat each other like that. It’s not okay to harass women. It’s not acceptable to exploit others. You know why, because God told us not to do that.
Paul wrote to churches about how God wanted us to act in the Church. Instead of taking advantage of each other, Paul wrote this, “Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers, the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity” (1 Timothy 5:1-2). Purity. Yes, you read that right.
Imagine what it would look like in our world if men treated women, not as objects, but as their mother or sister. Think about that. Can you imagine if someone defended all women like they were their sister or revered them like they were their mother. Imagine.
That standard is what makes the Gospel so…groundbreaking…life-changing. What Paul told Timothy and us to do transforms us and the world. That is why we call it the Good News. It has staying power, and it is still forming and transforming cultures. That way of living is good news to a world that is hurting, and people are always going to want to hear those stories.
Blessings to you,