10 November 2012

Jimmy Savile

A Jew at the Nuremburg Trials was in tears. It was not because of the evidence he was hearing about the concentration camps. It was because of the hatred he felt for the SS guard on trial. And he saw in his own heart he was capable of the same violence the SS guard was being tried for.

Jimmy Savile is rightly being condemned for the sexual abuse of young, teenage girls. But like the Jew at Nuremburg, maybe we should be shedding tears as we find ourselves accomplices to widespread sexual immorality in our society.

God created sex. He created sex to be enjoyed exclusively in marriage. God defines marriage as a lifelong relationship of faithful love between one man and one woman. All other sex is immoral.

And now we start to see how we are all accomplices. We think nothing of a daily paper arousing readers with ‘page 3’ breasts – belonging to very young women. The most visited category on Google is porn. Sex outside of marriage is part of mainstream entertainment on teen and adult films and soaps. And have a watch of the videos accompanying the top 40 chart songs - the staple diet for our children. From a very young age in Primary School PSHE lessons we allow our children to be encouraged to experiment sexually – no boundaries ‘as long as it’s safe’. We sexualise our daughters with fashion, and with hip thrusting, ass shaking, tongue licking dance routines, and then dare to sit in judgment on Jimmy Savile.

Back in Jesus’ day, some religious leaders dragged a woman caught in adultery to him. They wanted to stone her to death. And judging by public opinion, that’s what some people would have done to Jimmy Savile were he still alive. But Jesus confronted these religious moralisers and said, ‘If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’ One by one, the oldest ones first, they all went away. [John 8v1-11]

My point is simply this. As we condemn Jimmy Savile for sex abuse, look in your own heart and weep, because all of us are guilty of sexual sin to one degree or another.

And then ACT. Admit to yourself you are a sinner who has sinned. Confess your sin to God. Thank him that, by the death of Christ, there is forgiveness of sins. As the Bible says:
‘The blood of Jesus purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.’ [1 John 1v7-9]

Then Jesus forgave the woman and said, ‘Go now and leave your life of sin.’