Jump Start # 1960
Galatians 3:11 “Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, ‘the righteous man shall live by faith.’”
The righteous walks by faith. The righteous man obeys God. John wrote, ‘the one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him’ (1 Jn 2:4). The man of God lives by a moral code and standard, the Word of God. The Bible is more than the direction to Heaven, it is the righteous man’s life. It shapes his thinking and his choices. His heart is reshaped by the word of the Lord.
All of this brings us to the wild frenzy that is flying through Hollywood. Producer Harvey Weinstein has seen his glamor world crashing in all around him. Allegations of sexual abuse, rape and using his powerful position to manipulate and feed his sexual desires have dominated the news out of the movie industry. Even Weinstein’s former chauffer, now talks about wild, sexual parties. Fingers are being pointed in blame. The code of silence is shattering. Others are being accused. The walls around tinsel town are falling in.
None of this shocks me. None of this surprises me. And to honest, it’s hard understanding why people are upset. Weinstein has been called a “pig.” His behavior, hedonistic. Drugs, sex and power—fed his ego and his appetite. But look again at our verse today. “The righteous man shall live by faith.” What does the “unrighteous man live by?”
We are seeing before us the outer limits of Darwinian thought. Evolution to it’s ultimate limit and consequences. If, as they believe, there is no God, then there is no moral code. Who decides what is right and what is wrong? Why should I cater to you? Why should you cater to me? Everyone does what they want. With this extreme godless thinking, everyone is just a “pig.” Pigs don’t have morals. They don’t apologize for squeezing out a fellow pig from the feed trough. They don’t forgive one another. Pigs don’t do grace. They have no rules. It is purely survival of the fittest. The strongest rule. The most powerful control the weaker.
Why is everyone in an uproar about that has happened? This is where the road takes you when you leave God. There is no decency. There is no “rightness.” The powerful, and in this situation, Mr. Weinstein, dominates. He lived out what professors have been proudly teaching for generations. Drop God out of the equation, and nothing is off limits. Why is murder wrong? Who decides that? You? Me? Why us? Animals kill animals. If, we are only animalistic, why then, is killing wrong? Abortion isn’t, in their minds. Why should killing the living be wrong? Evolution ends at a very ugly and nasty place.
What is shocking is seeing Hollywood get worked up about this. They want some decency and morals but not too much. They want it on their terms and in their way. No stopping adultery, as long as it’s consenting. Same sex marriage, transgender, open marriages, divorce for any reason, abusing drugs and alcohol—none of those things make the list. Hollywood is stunned by Weinstein’s behavior, but why? You want to be moral, but not too moral. You want rules, but not too many rules. You want decency, but not too much decency. You want to stop the run-a-way train of evolution, but you can’t. This is where it takes you. This is life without God. This is survival of the fittest. This is everyman doing what he thinks is right. This is what our culture and society has begged for and wanted for generations. Now, it’s here. And, for the first time, they see how ugly, horrible and abusive this train ride has taken us. It’s not a place where we want to be. How can fingers be pointed at Weinstein when there are no rules. Society has argued for years that marriage was nothing more than a sheet of paper. Isn’t rape, nothing more than a law and laws are subject to change. If marriage can be redefined, then so can the definition of rape.
All around us, in horrific illustrations, is a culture that is reaping what it has sown. God out. Prayers out. Do what you want. And towns are plagued with heroin addictions. Children grow up not sure who their parents are. Sunday mornings, and the little league baseball diamonds are packed. Kids growing up and learning to bow down to sports as their one true God. They know nothing about God. The unrighteous live by their own rules. Lying is expected. Cheating is normal. Filthy language is common. How did we get here as a nation? We were taught and we believed that we evolved. There is no god. If there is no god, we set the rules.
Harvey Weinstein is the poster boy of evolution. He lived like an animal. He gave no thought to consequences, other people nor being accountable to God above. He did as he wanted. If someone got in his way, he destroyed their career and crippled them from ever working in that industry. The fittest survived. People did what they had to do to make it. That included some disgusting, immoral and wrong choices. But when one godless person does this to another godless person, how can it be wrong? How can it be indecent? He was just acting on instincts and drugs. A dog would do that. A pig would do that. A cow would do that. And, in the image of the evolutionist, we are just like them.
We read in Romans, “And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do these things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, malice; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanders, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful.”
We should never be shocked at what unrighteous minds do. Without God, there is no bottom to the depths that some will fall. It’s hard to point fingers at indecent behavior when a person is standing in the pool of indecency. Sadly, there will be more who follow the steps of a Harvey Weinstein. It’s the natural consequences of a life without God. The depths will finally reach the doors of Hell itself, where Satan welcomes those who have chosen a life without rules, accountability, kindness and God.
It’s going to be hard to teach morals to a people who do not understand morals nor why there ought to be morals. It’s going to be hard to stop the run-a-way train from crashing again, because of a few rules when all of the other rules are being ignored.
Where does life without God take you, look all around us. We see every day. The world needs Jesus. Are you ready to give off this dead-end journey and find something real and right? Can we help you?
Harvey Weinstein represents life as good as it gets when God is kicked out of your heart. We expect such from animals. We are not animals. We are created in the image of God. God wants and expects better from each of us.