Lessons From a Scandal of Hollywood Sized Proportions

We keep getting flooded with story after story of people who knew the Harvey Weinsteins and Kevin Spaceys of the world were up to no good, and yet no one seemed to have the courage to say anything. A quick look at all the scandals in the Roman Catholic church or the Penn State situation shows that this problem is pervasive throughout, not only America but the entire world.

As we keep seeing these people be exposed for their gross sin, we can’t help but be reminded of another man, one more near and dear to our hearts as believers, and the incredibly shocking sin that he did which is exposed in the Bible.

It’s fascinating to think about how easily David’s sin could have been prevented.

It’s one thing to see Hollywood become involved in this scandal. I remember a young man who was really physical with his girlfriend in front of me. So, I took him aside and said, “Buddy, I’m glad you’re a part of our group, but since you come, I care about you and I’m concerned for you. If you’re acting like this in front of us, I can only imagine what you do when no one is around!” He assured me that that was the extent of their physical relationship. Only a couple months later, the girlfriend reached out to us over guilt after having an abortion.

In other words, these directors, actors, and producers who are so willing to flaunt their bodies, and produce and direct their depravity without much restraint or shame before the whole world, are probably that way and even worse in their private lives.

It’s another thing when we see King David or our leaders in our churches involved in scandals like these.

It is imperative that we learn from these situations and really think through how we can help prevent things like these from happening. Not only do we need to be introspective, but we must be thinking about and keep alert with regard to the people around us. There are many things we can do in order to remain above reproach, but we must also help others do so as well.

There were three key issues with David at the time of his sin with Bathsheba that I think are helpful reminders for us in our fight against sin.

Lazy and Lustful 

When kings go out to battle – 2 Samuel 11:1

I remember John Macarthur saying quite often, “A man who falls does not fall far.” In other words, no one wakes up one morning and says I want to cheat on my wife and kill her husband unless he has had a habit of allowing sin to gain more and more room in his heart.

David should have been out to battle, but instead, he was at home. It’s as simple as that.  If David had simply done his job, then the entire mess could have been avoided, but laziness and lust had been brewing in his heart for quite some time. At the time that kings are supposed to be out fighting, the writer of 2 Samuel tells us that David was neglecting his duty and staying home.

So much of sin happens when we give into laziness. David didn’t have a friend in his life who could look him square in the eyes and say to him, stop being lazy, stop presuming on God, and go to battle where you are supposed to be. Instead, he gave into his laziness and fed his lusts.

We love confronting the big sins, and yet we forget that little sins usually are simply the tip of the iceberg. Sin is like an avalanche–the more you do it, the more it grows, builds mass, and become overwhelming. It is important that we have someone close enough to know us and see us so that they can help us in the moment of temptation. It is also imperative that, when we see a brother or a sister struggling, we would reach out and help them see how dangerous their behavior is, how it can lead to more destructive sin, and, of course, always remembering about how to confront in a biblical and loving way.

Unconfrontable

Is this not Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? – 2 Samuel 11:3

It’s fascinating to think about all the sending that happens in 2 Samuel 11:  David sends messengers, Bathsheba sends some, as well as Joab.  It seems like so many people are around witnessing this incredible scene, and yet none of them speaks up against it. They might be afraid for their lives, or perhaps they don’t want to lose their jobs; regardless, they are unable to build up the courage to confront David.

Perhaps David was so caught up in his sin that even the subtle question by one of his servants doesn’t do the trick. He was unwilling to not give into his flesh. David had gotten to the point where he was unconfrontable. Most of the men in his life were off at war, and even then, it’s not like they were holding him accountable to do what he was supposed to. His servants were powerless to speak out, so, therefore, David’s only lifeline was God, and as we’ll see in the next point, he is completely ignoring Him. David set up for himself a world where accountability was not only unlikely but seemed impossible.

We must go out of our way to ensure that we are accountable. We must set up boundaries in our lives to keep what happened to David from happening to us or others around us. Mike Pence, for example, was mocked just months ago for doing so, and yet now, at least to those who have even a tiny bit of morality, is a genius in light of the constant stories we hear from Hollywood and in politics.

Momentary Atheism

The sword devours one and then another – 2 Samuel 11:25

Ultimately, sin causes what is known as temporary atheism. It’s shocking how far David went in order to excuse his sin. As he instructed the messenger on what to say to Joab, he told him to simply say that death in war is random. There is no one in control, it is simply random chance that determines the fate of humans, and whether they live or die. In other words, God isn’t sovereign–man and luck are. God isn’t even an afterthought in this whole ordeal.

In fact, God is completely missing from this chapter until the very last verse where the writer informs us that God has been watching the whole time and that what was done displeased Him. Everyone was sending in chapter 11, but God was about to do some sending of His own in chapter 12.

It is fascinating, though, to consider just how blind David became. When we sin, we are choosing something over God. We can sugarcoat it all we want, but God is the only one worthy of our worship. When we sin, we are taking Him off the throne of our heart and we are—even for a split second—replacing Him with something He created. And this causes us to say things and do things as if God isn’t there watching, or we are taunting Him that He isn’t going to do anything about it. That’s why sin isn’t neutral, but it is outright rebellion against our Creator.

David serves as a reminder that even those who have hearts that love God can and will fall. That anyone who has received a new heart from the Lord is still prone to wander. The question is: have you distanced yourself so that when you do no one will know? Or have you surrounded yourself with only yes men so that no one will be willing to talk to you and lead you back to the truth? It is imperative that we see these warning signs and that we continually check our own hearts to see whether there be any wicked way among us (Psalm 139:24). We must also be ready to lovingly call out sin in the lives of fellow believers regardless of the consequences, motivated by the desire for God to be glorified and to be a faithful instrument of His.



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