By now you have already heard or at least know someone who has heard about the allegations against comedian Bill Cosby. Reportedly, there are over thirty women who have accused the comedian of drugging them and raping them without their consent.
The comedian has yet to be officially charged with a crime but already has incurred the judgment of the media, the public and especially those who support the alleged victims. By Mr. Cosby’s own admission there was a point in his life he was a chronic adulterer, avid drug user, and lived a lifestyle that reflected his celebrity. He has admitted, at least in one case, that the objective was to drug the female he was with in order to have sex with her.
The statutory laws for accusing or charging someone with rape vary from state to state; in the case of Bill Cosby many of alleged rape incidents happened in the 70’s and 80’s. My heart bleeds for any victim of rape or sexual abuse of any kind. This isn’t easy for them nor is it pleasant to witness the exposure of the depths of something so cold and inhumane. What Mr. Cosby did say is he purchased certain drugs for partying and the females he surrounded himself with back then enjoyed getting high on this particular drug. He mentioned the partying and the sexual activity was consensual and those were times when ‘everyone was doing it.’
In short, Bill Cosby is saying he is not a rapist nor is he a monster; he is only a man who engaged in promiscuous sex, adultery, drug use, alcohol abuse, and enjoyed his success to the fullest. We have yet to see a contrite Cosby but perhaps you have seen an interview or read an article suggesting otherwise. It is not my intent at all to play judge or jury with Mr. Cosby.
In fact, I feel broken for him; my hope is, regardless of the controversy surrounding him that he would put his faith and trust in the risen Savior. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only way for him or any of us to gain the true restoration we need and the only place to find rest for the forgiveness of all the sins we’ve committed. Christ puts our sin on himself and lovingly places his righteousness on us. I obviously have no idea how Mr. Cosby’s legal woes will play out. For now, his public image and brand is tarnished enough where we can be sure he will no longer be active socially at least in the realm of Hollywood, social causes, and all of the different public arenas he was formerly involved with. From a marketing or branding standpoint he is now considered a liability even to be associated with let alone be an advocate for. I believe what we are seeing unfold in Mr. Cosby’s life is simply the fruit of a deep rooted issue or better stated a deep rooted condition. The bible shows us all that it is actually worse than you and I can possibly imagine when it comes to some of these horrific and gross allegations.
First off, we all born in iniquity, the bible makes it abundantly clear. Psalm 51:5 declares I was ‘sinful at birth.’ The fallen heart, the ability to sin is something we were conceived in and born into. If you disagree with that please ponder this: do I have to teach my two year old to be good or do I have to teach my children to be bad? Listen, I never taught my children to punch, kick, spit, and rebel against authority and become totally irrational or sinfully angry.
They were born like that. To the contrary, I apply consistent discipline and constant instruction to confront those behaviors and assist them in putting those things to death. All of us, to include you, are born totally sinful. To our shame it is pretty bad, look at Romans 3:10-18, “As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”[a] 13 “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.”[b] “The poison of vipers is on their lips.”[c] 14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”[d] 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 ruin and misery mark their ways, 17 and the way of peace they do not know.”[e] 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[f] These verses are explicit and as detailed as the old testament passage found in Psalm 53:1-3 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good. 2 God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. 3 Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
The condition of man is altogether evil in comparison to a Holy God. Mr. Cosby like me was born into sin because sin entered the world through the rebellion of the first Adam. The bible makes truth claims and one of those claims is that man’s heart is bent on doing evil. How can you wrestle with that truth when ISIS murders maliciously, Planned Parenthood sponsors the genocide of innocent children, sexual immorality runs rampant, politicians lie & cheat, and mankind as a whole is failing when it comes to decent moral behavior and basic universal ethics?
Does God want you to be a moralist? No. Does he want you to be ethically sound? It is not that simple. God wants you to be born again. As a result of Him potentially granting you a repentance that leads to salvation you gain a fuller understanding & deeper knowledge of Him.
It will only be through the work of the Spirit and a regenerated heart, that He causes you to desire to honor Him in purity, behavior, thoughts, deeds and desires. The truth about Bill Cosby is that he needs Christ. He needs to be born again (2 COR 5:17). We all do. He needs to be saved, washed, and sanctified. I or you are actually not any better than Mr. Cosby. The only difference maybe is that because of God, I can admit how horrible I’ve been and can be. My relationship with Him is active and a productive communion in which I live, worship, repent, and repeat.
Friend, God has allowed me to accept the gift of salvation not based on merit but on the shed blood of Jesus Christ. The truth is our own hearts are evil, full of curses, and desire to worship any and everything but the God who created us. In order to begin on the path of Godliness and Holiness we need to first be indwelled by the Spirit of God.
So, do you know Jesus? Does He know you? Are you sure? Have you been born again? The truth about Bill Cosby is this…it isn’t too late. Yet.