This Just In

Written by Anthony Douglas on 03 December 2017.

Dominoes”How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly? And I don’t know the answer to that.”

On Wednesday morning, Savannah Guthrie had a tough job. First, she had to read an official statement from her employer, America’s NBC network, about the dismissal of her co-anchor of the Today program, Matt Lauer, for sexual harassment. Then, she had to find her own words. Somehow she had to balance her friendship with Lauer with her compassion for the woman who had come forward with her accusation against him.

She did pretty well, but she didn’t really know where to go with it. Her uncertainty, captured so succinctly, tells the real story of the last few weeks. As icon after icon has been revealed to have feet of clay, the secular worldview has struggled.

At first, it’s easy, of course. Wicked behaviour can be decried, long and loudly. We’ve seen plenty of that. After the initial shock wears off, however, the real question arrives. If people knew, how could they have remained silent for so long? How could they have enabled abuse?

We can, at one level, understand monsters. There’s a category for them. Our society’s real problem, though, is the callous bystander. The ordinary person, it seems, has a problem with sin - and our world, so long in denial, thinks this is news.

We can pray that our neighbours might discover not just our disease, but its cure. That would be a good news story!

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