What happens when you gain the world and lose your soul?
Unless you have been living under a rock or are on a news ban, then you have heard of the latest story to rock Hollywood – this being the story about Harvey Weinstein. I’ve been following this on the Drudge Report, Facebook, and listening to several talk radio people give their take on it – namely Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. I have never been so disgusted with a whole group of individuals in all my life (that’s my flesh talking).
Then I remember that I too am as guilty as they are. I remember that I need to seek out and center myself. And I remember, it’s sins like this, and sins we think of as “white lies,” that put Jesus on the cross. What does one do then? Go back to the scriptures.
I find myself staring at this passage. It is one that immediately jumped into my mind when I read all the details of this story.
Mark 8:36 (ESV)
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?
If ever this verse can be applied aptly and currently, it is here and now. If you look back at the heyday of this man and his company, he had garnered major awards and produced some big hit movies. Genre changing pictures. He appeared to the public, but not the stars that knew him well, as a shrewd business man. He was a success and was emulated by some. Again, this verse came to mind:
Matthew 23:27 (ESV)
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.
I am not claiming this man was religious. He appeared to be successful and had an awesome personality, but he was full of sin. The stars that we go to the movies to see knew what this man was doing. They stood by and said nothing. Let that sink in. Before you go spend a small fortune to support the Hollywood machinery that allowed this to happen, look at the list of stars who knew. Hollywood is always preaching to us, especially to the conservatives. Look at yourselves. You are no better.
And so, what do we do? The urge is to condemn, demand vengeance, and say this man should be sent to the darkest pits of hell. But it should remind us that we are all evil – we are just held in check. The Christian is held back through the power of God by the Holy Spirit. But the thoughts we have are as bad as the deeds. Some will say that they don’t need a God to do good, but they don’t see thoughts as evil.
Anyone, man or woman, who has looked lustily on another man or woman has already committed adultery with them. If you have hated someone, then you have murdered them. The Bible is clear – that is why we repent and ask God to change us. We, therefore, do not condemn and judge, but thank God and pray for people such as Mr. Weinstein. He, and others, do not truly understand what waits for them in the hereafter. That’s not me relegating him to the pits of hell; it is what the word of God says.
Yes, his actions were horrendous, and he does need to stand trial for all those awful deeds he committed. But he also needs to be prayed for. If we believe that a man like this can’t change, then what hope do we have?
Romans 7:21, 24-25a
21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. . . .
24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
As Paul says, we are all guilty of death and stand condemned. Thanks be to Jesus that He stood in for me and you and took what we all deserve.
Grace (Unmerited Favor) & Peace (Cessation of Againstness) from our Lord,