- Last fall, many lauded individuals in the media culture of our country were ousted as a part of the #MeToo movement.
- This movement encouraged women to speak up if they had been harassed by men or worse.
- While many were accused and stepped away from their positions, the one that really caught my eye was the email apology of Food Network celebrity chef Mario Batali.
- Like others Batali in a very veiled fashion confessed his wrongdoing and took responsibility.
- He related the remorse he had over embarrassing and disappointing his family and fans.
- He lamented losing the privilege of sharing Italian food with others, and included the almost obligatory line “I will work every day to regain your respect and trust.”
- Then at the end of the email, above a picture of the same, he includes a p.s. ” in case you’re searching for a holiday-inspired breakfast, these pizza dough cinnamon rolls are a fan favorite.”
- Almost immediately everyone quickly recognized that the recipe at the end revealed the hollowness of this apology calling it tone-deaf. http://time.com/5067633/mario-batali-cinnamon-rolls-apology/
- No matter what you think about this movement, or this apology, it revealed to us several aspects of our modern culture.
- Chaos ensues in a world where morality is driven by consent alone.
- Apologies are hollow exercises when they are viewed as the means to return life to normal.
- Unless we answer to a Higher Authority we will always do what is right in our own eyes, like adding a tone-deaf recipe to the end of a sexual harassment apology.
- But friends, forgetting that God is in Charge is not merely an activity of our culture.
- Our culture makes it clear that they do not believe in God, but in the church many act as if God is not in charge of life.
- Many Christians assume they have such a close and special relationship with God that he does not care how they live.
- Their relationship gives them the ability do what is right in their eyes, without ever discerning through prayer and Scripture God’s will, and they will receive his pardon without ever confessing sin.
- Heaven forbid that this be the case with any of us!
- Friends today, I want to remind you that God is in Charge and hopefully convince you of how a believer should live from Judges 14:1-9.