Using the question below as a starting point, generate a discussion with your class concerning who our society holds in high regard.
- As a culture, who do we look up to? Why? (Presidents, judges, teachers, artists, athletes, actors, etc.)
Our society is obsessed with success. Through social media and television, we scrutinize and copy every detail of powerful peoples’ lifestyles in the hopes that we might be able to get a piece of the “good life.” However, the same influence and renown that makes these people our heroes can also be used for evil.
In the last few years, reports of high-profile sexual misconduct, harassment, and abuse have flooded social media. Millions of people, from every walk of life, have spoken out against the sinful actions of CEOs, public figures, co-workers, and even friends and family. Last year, even Christian comedian John Crist canceled the rest of his comedy tour when rumors of his poor behavior started surfacing. Later reports stated that Crist had been abusing alcohol and sexually harassing women.
Whether it is politicians and celebrities or neighbors and Christian influencers, the pervasiveness of sexual mistreatment is astounding—both inside and outside Christian settings. With so many stories coming to light, it can be hard to know who to look up to.
Thankfully, there is Someone whose example we can always follow. Let’s take a look.