the bottomline

Men Acting Badly, err Should We Say---Horribly!
Saturday, November 18, 2017 by Dan Allen

I’ve been pondering the news of recent in regard to movers–and–shakers/powerful people in Hollywood and Washington—movie promoters, actors, comedians, present, potential and ex–politicians—doing unthinkable things that shouldn’t be done to those of the opposite sex—sexual harassment, sexual violations, sophomoric jokes and innuendoes, etc. None, of which, is acceptable behavior—EVER!

Several things come to mind.

The first is what the prophet Jeremiah wrote: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (17:9). Although it would be nice if all men acted like gentlemen at all times, sin prevails and people will do disgusting and possibly evil things to others, especially if they think they can get away with it. Unfortunately, it is the norm in a fallen world, but not to be tolerated. We do need, however, to determine what rises to the level of inclemency and illegality. Let’s not confuse Junior High-ish pranks and even the antics old men (i.e. – a nonagenarian ex-president) with exposing oneself and rape. The latter two lose their severity if the former are placed in the same category. All is sinful, but . . . 

Secondly, it was our Lord, when confronted with a woman caught in adultery (Where was the man? Just wondering!), who stated: “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone” (Jn. 8:7). Although it might be fun to join the bandwagon casting stones at those involved in such nefarious deeds and even relish their downfall, we should walk gingerly so as to not trip over the beam protruding from our own eyes (Mt. 7:5). Judgments need to come and they will from the proper authorities, but be careful on the personal pronouncements of condemnation.

And this leads to a third thought. Jesus also noted that what a person thinks in their heart, in the eyes of God, is just as much a sin as the actual act (Mt. 5:21–22; 1 Jn. 3:15). That doesn’t mean we should act out our thoughts since we’ve already sinned. And it should give us solace that there is no cartoon bubble exposing our inner thoughts for all to see. Who among us, men, could declare that what former POTUS Jimmy Carter said about looking on “women with lust,” is not true? With the proliferation and availability of porn on personal devices, this battle has become astronomical! Philippians 4:8 needs to be permanently etched on the frontal lobe of our brains. We need to join Job who wrote—“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman” (Job 31:1; NIV).

Finally, and this is more political, than spiritual, let’s not jump to conclusions passing judgments on candidates because of accusations which have not been vetted. There’s a dirty trick in politics to wait until right before an election to air potential dirty laundry. It’s obviously done because no time is afforded the accused to clear the air. There are many beautiful things about our country (politics is not one of them, but I digress), one, of which, is the fact that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Biblically, several witnesses are needed to convict (Deut. 17:6; Jn. 8:17; 2 Cor. 13:1). That said, these need to be legitimate witnesses, not paid actors shedding crocodile tears about things that happened two score ago. I’m not suggesting a particular senatorial candidate is innocent, nor these women are completely incorrect. I just think the lynch mob should stand down until facts are in before one’s character is totally destroyed. Four weeks before an election smells to high heaven.

So, that’s my reaction to the scandals de jure.

(Permission granted to share)


Previous Posts

A Dog Leading the Way
Dan Allen
7/27/2021

The Speed–Breakers of Life
Dan Allen
7/10/2021

High School Reunion
Dan Allen
4/8/2021

"Skin, it's the thing that's in"
Dan Allen
3/13/2021

Emerging from a Covid Cell
Dan Allen
2/20/2021

'Twas The Real Night Before Christmas
Russell T Allen
12/17/2020

Christmas Catalogs
Dan Allen
11/14/2020

Cancel This!
Dan Allen
10/3/2020

Don't Judge By Its Cover
Dan Allen
9/8/2020

Our Plans Trumped by God
Dan Allen
9/5/2020

We Fall Down
Dan Allen
8/5/2020

Battle with a Bug
Dan Allen
7/13/2020

Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out
Dan Allen
7/3/2020

Setting the bar too low
Dan Allen
6/25/2020

Good is Evil, Evil is Good
Dan Allen
6/9/2020

Misguided Freedom
Dan Allen
6/4/2020

A Preaching Nightmare
Dan Allen
5/9/2020

Restaurant and/or Church Possible
Dan Allen
5/2/2020

A Good Dose of Cloistering Going On
Dan Allen
4/15/2020

So, Where is God in All of This?
Dan Allen
4/14/2020

I Finally Learned How to Wash My Hands
Dan Allen
4/13/2020

Fire Truck - Glory Train
Dan Allen
4/16/2019

Some Sins Seem to Do More Damage
Dan Allen
4/16/2019

The Canopy is Gone
Dan Allen
12/15/2018

Brushing Teeth with Iced Tea
Dan Allen
11/5/2018

Never in Danger, but Could Have Been
Dan Allen
11/4/2018

Another Festival
Dan Allen
11/3/2018

Cow Town
Dan Allen
11/2/2018

Dressing Down
Dan Allen
11/1/2018

#MeToo
Dan Allen
10/25/2018

All Alone Among 1.35 Billion People
Dan Allen
10/24/2018

Does Anyone Know What Time It Is?
Dan Allen
10/23/2018

Time To Be Spiritual Weather Forecasters
Dan Allen
10/22/2018

Words Change . . . But Someone Gets the Final Word
Dan Allen
9/4/2018

To Cremate or Not to Cremate
Dan Allen
7/15/2018

I Want to Hold Your Hand
Dan Allen
7/4/2018

I Finally Caught a Foul Ball . . . Sort of
Dan Allen
6/8/2018

I Can Only Imagine
Dan Allen
6/1/2018

Do Panhandlers Have Regulars
Dan Allen
4/8/2018

Can't Good Dogs Go To Heaven?
Dan Allen
4/3/2018

At the Taj . . . in pictures only
Dan Allen
1/24/2018

Cold, But Warm Inside
Dan Allen
1/22/2018

Don't Remove the Plastic
Dan Allen
1/12/2018

Put Your Big Boy Pants On
Dan Allen
1/9/2018

In the Spirit . . . or not?
Dan Allen
1/3/2018

You Could Cut It With a Knife
Dan Allen
1/1/2018

Personal Message Boards
Dan Allen
11/24/2017

Men Acting Badly, err Should We Say---Horribly!
Dan Allen
11/18/2017

History of Bible Fellowship Church of Ephrata
Dan Allen
8/29/2017

Large Crowd Diversion
Dan Allen
6/19/2017

Bikes, Bikers, and Trying New Things
Dan Allen
6/18/2017

Lessons from T-Ball for Churches
Dan Allen
6/17/2017

Authenticity of and in Jeans
Dan Allen
5/11/2017

Don't Let Me Fall
Dan Allen
4/22/2017

Have We Lost the "Awe-factor," Wonderment?
Dan Allen
4/21/2017

Bumped - Not Bumbed
Dan Allen
4/13/2017

Go Fly a Kite
Dan Allen
1/18/2017

What's In Your Bag?
Dan Allen
1/17/2017

Cultural Faux Pas
Dan Allen
1/13/2017

The Three Hour Trip Ends Up 23 Hours
Dan Allen
1/12/2017

Walking Headrest Cover
Dan Allen
1/9/2017

The Gift that Keeps Giving
Dan Allen
12/17/2016

Let's Keep Things in Perspective
Dan Allen
8/1/2015

I've Got the Nine
Dan Allen
6/26/2015

God Often Works in Mysterious Ways
Dan Allen
6/5/2015

I'm From Negadelphia
Dan
3/24/2015

Positive Spin
Dan Allen
2/16/2015