Sexual Allegations, Subjective Morality, and the Existence of God
Allegations of Sexual Misconduct
By now, I would safely say that most everyone in the United States, and possibly the world, has gotten wind of numerous allegations of sexual misconduct that have torn at the seams of our entertainment and political infrastructures. Before we go on, I want to outline a basic working definition to “sexual misconduct”: Abuse, assault, rape, touching, or anything unwanted in and of a sexual nature. While there have always been things such as this happening, it has only been in recent weeks and months where it has dominated the landscape of the media in a way that hasn’t been seen since the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal of the mid-1990’s. However, it is showing that it really knows no boundaries.
This time around, it seemed to have begun with women breaking the silence on the powerful Harvey Weinstein. All you have to do is Google just his name to find out dozens of articles regarding his fall from grace. Nearly all Oscar acceptance speeches included his name. I dare say now that none of them will. The next big name that dropped was that of Kevin Spacey, an actor whom I once admired for his incredible acting ability and his spot-on impersonations of, well, anyone. Kevin Spacey tried to deflect the allegations by releasing a statement in which he came out as now living as a gay man. Needless to say, that did not work. At all. And, it’s not just the two of them. Media executives have lost jobs, numerous other actors and people throughout Tinseltown have been accused. Even Wonder Woman Gal Gadot flexed her muscles to have a producer removed from the franchise, saying she would not reprise her role if he was still around. The dominoes are falling, and will continue to do so.
In the political realm of things, there have been many scandals, from Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky in the 1990’s to politicians paying off victims to stay quiet. One such politician is the now convicted pedophile Dennis Hastert, who once stood as third-in-line to the presidency as Speaker of the House in Washington, D.C.. It’s abhorrent. However, this is not what holds the limelight right now, however. The fire is burning in the great state of Alabama where Senate Candidate Roy Moore is under near-constant fire for, if the allegations are true, disgusting predatory behavior during his time as a powerful figure in Alabama. All while under the guise of being a good guy. In Moore’s case, while the list of plaintiffs continues to grow, he denies the allegations, albeit half-heartedly. And, he is, at least as I write these words, vowing to continue on in his fight to become a U.S. Senator representing Alabama.
However, it doesn’t really stop with him. There are newly surfacing allegations of sexual misconduct against current sitting Senator Al Franken (D. Minnesota) from back when he was a comedian doing a USO tour in 2006.
Subjective Morality Versus Objective Morality
What is subjective morality?
Well, in short, it’s the idea that there are no “absolutes” in morality, and that morality is up to the beholder. Basically, what’s wrong to me might not be wrong to the next person, and may be totally okay with you!
What’s wrong with subjective morality? Subjective Morality basically makes anything and everything okay. Here’s an extreme: A murderer would say that he’s not doing anything bad or wrong, because to him, murder is totally okay.
I would venture to say that, to some extent, some of the people accused of such atrocities felt entitled, as if they deserved it and that they were doing things to help. While many probably knew they were doing wrong, I strongly believe that many felt that, while they weren’t doing right, they weren’t really doing wrong, either. This is the slippery-slope of the gray area of subjective morality.
What is objective morality?
Objective morality is morality that is true independently from the person who is proclaiming it. Our current criminal justice system, for the most part, is based on objective morality, in that everyone (or most everyone), believes things such as sexual misconduct, are wrong. And, most of these laws can be traced back to the Bible, believe it or not.
The Existence of God
Now, what do sexual misconduct, subjective morality, and objective morality have to do with the existence of God? Everything. And here’s why…
We all know that things such as murder, rape, pedophilia, stealing, etc. are wrong, and we know this because of many things. The Bible tells us they are wrong, our parents teach us that things like that are wrong, society (for the most part) teaches us that those things, and others, are wrong. The pervasive idea that morality is subjective results from the myth that is atheism. Atheism is stupid and dangerous, and those who hold to it the strongest must admit in the end that morality is subjective and therefore nothing is wrong.
However, every fiber in our beings tells us that this idea is wrong; that such horrific crimes could be okay is a cringe worthy idea, one that raises my blood-pressure just thinking about it. Knowing that these things are wrong and having absolute, objective morals in place reveal that there must be a higher-being that set these things in place, for human beings would never agree to let other human beings determine morality for them. It goes to show someone, somewhere, put in place these rules and gave them to humanity. As Christians, we believe that this benevolent deity is the Triune Godhead of the Bible. ““I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” (Exodus 20:2). In the prologue to the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20, God makes His claim. “I am the Lord…,” -He is king. He created everything (Genesis 1), and He gets to set the rules. “…your God,” -He is a personal God, our God, who wants to take care of us, and does so by giving us rules (The 10 Commandments and the Law) to follow. “…who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” -God is our Savior, and He saved us, despite our sin and failures, through the covenant of redemption and it’s fulfillment when Jesus came to live as a man and die as a propitiation for our sins on the cross. Raising again three days later, and then ascending to Heaven, He has secured for His people a place in Heaven.
Through all of the storm of these allegations of sexual misconduct, it is my prayer that these men and women who are accused repent of their sins and turn to God. That the grief they experience will be a godly grief that leads to repentance, and ultimately salvation (2 Corinthians 7:10).