Scandals are everywhere in the news these days. Witness the large amount of powerful men accused of sexual harassment and/or assault against females and/or males. If you haven’t been watching the news, here’s a snippet of the accused names drawn from movie, media, dining, TV, sports, and politics: Harvey Weinstein, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor, Charlie Rose, George H.W. Bush, Chris Savino, Roy Price, Mark Halperin, Michael Oreskes, Al Franken, Marshall Faulk, Donovan McNabb, and Lockhart Steele to name a few. If you don’t recognize the names, you would recognize either their pictures from media, or the names of their respective institutions. Oh, and let’s not forget president Donald Trump and former president Bill Clinton. In some ways, there is nothing new here. Powerful men, and women, have leveraged their mighty positions for sexual gain, but the sheer tsunami of allegations is overwhelming. We have entered a new era in which women and men vying for positions of influence will no longer accept unwanted sexual advances. Yay!! That’s an advance! May that advance trickle down to the poor woman with two children working 50 hours/week at McDonalds and being hit on by her boss.
Let us not forget that Jesus came to earth in the midst of sexual scandal. A virgin conceived and gave birth to a son. However, this scandal was not mired in sin, but in the sovereign will of God unto His people’s salvation.Thanks be to God.
Sunday we consider how even scandal is used in believers' lives for God’s glory, whether a virgin’s conception spawned by God’s goodness, or our scandals conceived in sin or birthed by salacious rumor. God is with His people, even in scandal. Are you His? Is He yours?
"The gift is the giver. The giver is the gift.
Do I love God for His gifts or for who He is?
When we enjoy God's gifts more than God Himself,
we are like a fiance who takes the ring and forgets the wedding."
Join us for Pathway Church's Wild Game and Fish Dinner Potluck on Wednesday, January 10 at 6:00 p.m. at Crown Point Christian School, 10550 Park Place, St. John, Indiana. Dinner will be followed by a Live Animal Show from Silly Safaris! We'll have a variety of wild game and fish for you to enjoy. We'll also have some "normal" food if you like to play it safe. Bring a dish to share, either wild or safe!