Once your students have all arrived, invite them to answer a question.
- Did any of you watch the Oscars award show earlier this year? If so, do you remember what happened during the show? (Allow students to share their thoughts.)
- How would you characterize the exchange between these Chris Rock and Will Smith? (Accept all reasonable answers, which might include the following: unkind, rude, violent, immature, etc.)
During this year’s Oscars award show, the host Chris Rock insulted Will Smith’s wife, Jada Smith. Jada has been suffering from a hair loss condition, and Chris Rock made a joke about her balding head. In response, Will Smith walked up on stage and slapped Chris Rock for insulting his wife. Later, Will Smith acknowledged that while Chris shouldn’t have insulted Jada, he still shouldn’t have hit Chris. Let’s take a look at his public apology video.
Play this video for your students [5:23; stop at 2:59]:
Watch Will Smith’s full video addressing the Chris Rock Oscars slap
- Will Smith acknowledged he doesn’t think violence was the right way to handle the conflict, even though that’s what he did. Have you ever acted in a way that you later regretted or realized was wrong? Why do you think we sometimes act in ways we don’t necessarily like? (Accept all reasonable answers, which may include the following: we may act before we think, we don’t always consider our possible actions, we allow our actions to be driven by emotions, etc.)
The Bible tells us stories of people as human and complex as us. They sometimes demonstrate good examples, sometimes bad, sometimes the messy in between. The Bible gives plenty of examples of relationships—good and bad, real and complex. Today we will see how the supportive and respectful relationship between two women experiencing loss and difficult circumstances resulted in a better life for their family as God worked behind the scenes to bring about restoration.