Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman?” Luke 7:44
Have you ever heard of a condition called prosopagnosia? Prosopagnosia is a real medical condition that makes it impossible to recognize the faces of others, from friends to movie characters to parents.
In my opinion, it’s also a social condition that occurs too often in our culture and sadly, far too often in the church. We are good when it comes to looking at people; we all need grace to see people.
This our culture has decried the sexual track record of Harvey Weinstein. By God’s design, about six months ago when putting our current message series together, the question slated for this Sunday was Do you see this woman? (Luke 7:44).
Harvey Weinstein’s sin is not confined to the Hollywood elite. It exists in political offices, in professional sports, in education, in corporations, and sadly, VERY sadly, in the church. Objectifying, harassing, and abusing woman is a universal human problem, as we are being reminded this week on social media through the #MeToo movement.
True misogyny is repulsive. There should be no place for it in a civil society, regardless of which form it takes. Whether it’s a Hollywood executive, a politician, a teacher, an actor, a pastor, a journalist, or a next-door neighbor — demeaning women in any way, shape, or form is wrong. Yet it is celebrated every day in our television shows, our movies, our music, our politics, online pornography usage, and even in the indefensible defense of an abortion industry that kills nearly half a million girls every year.
I want to invite every man at PCC to engage in a radically different ethic when it comes to the interactions we have with women. Let’s endeavor to be a place where women are honored and empowered to be everything they were created to be in Christ.
Beth Moore, one of my favorite Bible teachers and founder of Living Proof Ministries (and a victim of sexual abuse herself), is modeling this type of Kingdom empowerment by amending the #MeToo hashtag to #WeToo. Here are a few of her tweets from this week:
- #WeToo have a voice. For all the times we were bullied into silence, we get to speak up & call wrong WRONG. #WeToo for fewer future #MeToos
- #WeToo get to stand on solid ground and be counted. We too get to help other girls stand. We too get to say, ‘I understand. I believe you,‘
- #WeToo have dignity. We too have courage. We too can heal. We too have community. We too can be unashamed. We too can see to change,
PCC, the problem with the human condition is that we don’t see with our eyes–we see with our hearts. Harvey Weinstein’s immorality reveals his heart. We all need a fresh dose of Jesus-vision fueled from Jesus-hearts. In Matthew 9:36, it is recorded that Jesus looked over the crowds … and He was filled with compassion.
This transformed heart-vision is a hallmark of PCC at her best. It was reflected just this past weekend when we spontaneously raised over $15,000 for the North Bay fire victims.
This weekend, we will dive deep into the way we see men and women, the way we label people and how there is grace available for us to label people from heaven’s perspective. We will look at the transforming truth that, from Heaven’s eyes, there is no prosopagnosia.
I hope to see you this weekend. I love being your pastor!