It’s been an interesting year to watch as more and more high profile men have been accused of sexual harassment. This most recent wave of allegations started with Harvey Weinstein of Hollywood. The accusations by women who claim to have been victimized by Weinstein became so numerous that Weinstein was fired from his own company. Weinstein’s downfall sparked a media explosion that has been called the Weinstein Ripple Effect. His exposure has emboldened other victims of sexual harassment to publically expose those who assaulted them.
These stories of sexual harassment actually highlight an interesting paradox. For many years now the media has been pushing its agenda of free sex. It’s common in both TV shows and movies to see lead characters casually have sex with person after person. In fact, it has gotten to the point that a character who doesn’t have sex before marriage is portrayed as abnormal. This brings us to the paradox. If sex is truly intended to be so free and casual as the media portrays, why are we surprised that our world is becoming full of sexual predators? It is the expected result.
Even with all the voices that clamor for freedom of sexual expression, there is still a strong sentiment for faithfulness in relationships. If you pay attention, you will notice how shows that present casual sex as normal still expect faithfulness between committed partners. Now, let’s take that idea and apply it to the Christmas story. Can you imagine how Joseph must have felt when he learned that his fiancé, Mary, was pregnant? He knew he wasn’t the father and was certain he had been betrayed. God had to send an angel to convince him that Mary had in fact remained faithful.
The Christmas story is about much more than Mary’s faithfulness to Joseph. It’s about God’s faithfulness to us. We are the ones who have been unfaithful, not God. He has still provided. “She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21 CSB).