The truth about Hollywood’s recent sex scandals
Written by Miles McPherson
It seems like every week a new story will break, revealing that another celebrity is being accused of some sort of sexual misconduct. Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, put it this way: “It’s getting to the point whenever I see a beloved celebrity’s name trending on Twitter I’m like, “Oh, please tell me they’re dead…” Not that he wishes death on anyone, he’s sick of the scandals. I think we all are.
Hollywood producer and former film executive Harvey Weinstein was accused of rape and sexual misconduct by 82 women. Nine different women have accused Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, of sexual misconduct. One of his victims was fourteen at the time of the assault. Five women came forward to accuse comedian Louis CK of sexual misconduct, and Anthony Rapp accused actor Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance on him when he was only fourteen. Since Rapp’s confession, another fourteen men have come forward with similar stories.
Once they’ve been caught in their predatory or other scandalous sexual behaviors, most celebrities have acknowledged that their actions were wrong, some issuing public apologies, and a select few have even sought professional help in the form of counseling and rehab.
But the problem was never that these perpetrators thought that their actions were okay. They always knew they were doing something wrong, and in some cases even told their victims and aides to keep quiet. Weinstein, for example, paid off his sexual harassment accusers for years.
You see, when people indulge their sinful temptations in secret, what follows is a paradoxical experience. When we sin in private, we’re sometimes fooled into believing that there aren’t any consequences. Because we aren’t caught, we continue to sin, even though we know that what we’re doing is wrong. What we don’t know is that, all the while, we’re piling up the consequences that will soon come to us for those sins.
Bottom line, getting away with something doesn’t make it okay, and getting caught isn’t what makes it wrong. When God created us, He taught us how we should treat each other. All morality has its foundation in His law, and all disobedience—whether public or private—is wrong and evil.
Furthermore, nothing is truly hidden. Proverbs 5:21 says that our path is “before the eyes of the Lord,” and Ecclesiastes 12:14 says that, “God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”
As a Pastor, I feel like part of my job is to communicate God’s message to people, and a message that I am constantly preaching is the message of salvation. What people don’t understand about salvation is that, though God gives it freely, He also requires two things from us: confession and repentance.
For all of these celebrities who’ve had their private sins made known to the general public, I know there are many more people out there who are probably still getting away with their sin of choice. I know this because the Bible is clear about the immorality of humanity, saying in Romans 3:23 that “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
This sin, which we’ve all committed, has a consequence: death. As Romans 6:23 says, “for the wages of sin is death.” But there’s good news for all sinners! If you confess your sin, and repent of it, God is “faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
To the closet sinner who feels enabled by the privacy and lack of consequences to their sin—beware! A spiritual battle is being waged over your soul, and your sin holds nothing but death to you. The consequences are real, and they will find you in life or in eternity. One day you will have to deal with them.
And so I caution anyone who will listen, take an inventory of your sin, and accept God’s conditions while you still can. Repent, confess, and accept the freedom that comes with His forgiveness.