Recently I was having a discussion with a friend regarding the current #metoo movement. From my perspective, I think it is healthy to be having a discussion regarding the rampant culture that allows sexual harassment to remain unchecked for generations. It is easy for us to point the finger at Hollywood and the rampant immorality that has existed. It is easy for us to condemn the abusers, and yes, even those who are abused. The fact that people seeking to become actors and writers and directors allowed the abuse to happen, and even participate in it, does not mitigate the responsibility all around. While there are many complex issues involved in the why and how of the abuse, the fact remains that finally we are having a discussion and people are being held accountable for the abuses.
The issue is far more pervasive than just in Hollywood. We see these abuses occur in our workplaces, our sports arenas, our schools and our churches (which is a post for another day). Quite frankly, it is a sin issue. The sins of pride, arrogance, sexual immorality, lust and greed all become entangled in these sexual sins.
During my discussion with my friend, she noted that not only did she have an issue with the people who did the abusing; she also questioned the individuals who felt the only way they could obtain their goals was to become an active participant in the abuse and stay silent. Her opinion was that they, too, were guilty of sin that could have been avoided by saying no. While I think this is an extremely complex issue, the moral implications of compromising your integrity to pursue a dream are significant. When does the cost become too high? When does the compromise take away our dignity? How do we end up making poor judgment calls in order to advance our careers and achieve our dreams? When do we slide that slippery slope to sin in the pursuit of following dreams at any cost?
It matters how we live. The Bible is pretty specific about our sin nature. Whether it is sexual immorality, lying, stealing, cheating, gossiping, or filthy talk—all of it needs to be put aside. Satan is a liar. He delights in planting seeds of discord. He looks for our weaknesses and exploits them. Having a dream is good, but when pursuing our dreams causes us to compromise our righteousness and integrity, Satan has found a win.
As a Christian, I cannot help but think if you have to compromise your integrity in order to achieve your dreams, you probably need to find another way to reach your dreams.
Hebrews 12:1, Ps.25:2, Proverbs 11:3, Philippians 4:8, Titus 2:11-14