Film executive Harvey Weinstein's great fall from Hollywood grace has people feeling a variety of things. Some are outraged, claiming that other powerful people knew and aided his misconduct.
Others are shocked, feeling they knew Weinstein well and in disbelief that he did all of these things. Still others are almost happy: frustrated that President Trump has gotten such a bad rap for his vulgar words when Hollywood (who loves to criticize him) is full of their own iniquity.
But Franklin Graham just feels mostly saddened, as he shares in his latest Facebook post. The strong Christian leader notes the declining moral substance of our nation and reminds people of the verse in the Bible that warns us all of our sins finding us out.
"Some on the right are expressing joy, almost glee, that Harvey Weinstein’s sexual exploits are in the news. Some feel vindicated after the alleged allegations of misconduct of people on the right, like Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly. I am saddened that our nation is in the moral decline that it is," shared Graham.
"The human heart—whether the person is on the right or the left—without Christ, we’re all the same," he continued. "The Bible tells us that the human heart is 'desperately wicked; who can know it.' What many people may call wrong or a mistake, the Bible calls sin and is clear that we are all guilty of sin."
Graham ended with a strong warning: "Sin has consequences. The Bible warns us that the penalty of sin is death. The Bible also warns us, 'Be sure your sin will find you out.' But God offered a sacrifice for sin, once for all—His Son, Jesus Christ, who went to the Cross for us. Everyone needs to examine their own heart. God will forgive anyone, if we truly repent and put our faith and trust in His Son."
The BBC article Graham links to asks the question of how Weinstein and Hollywood will be affected by this scandal. They share that Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman, has already left Weinstein in the wake of his seemingly innumerable infidelities.
Then there is the toll to his film company, from which he has since been fired. An internal investigation into the company will be conducted which could cost between 20 and 40 million dollars. Weinstein and his brother own 42% of the company. The company plans to change its name, for obvious reasons.
BBC also shared a telling fact, showing how much Weinstein was worshipped in the industry: "A 2015 survey of nearly 1,400 Oscar acceptance speeches by the website Vocativ found that Weinstein was thanked more frequently than God."
What's also at question is what will happen to Weinstein's various political donations. Weinstein was a big supporter of Hillary Clinton, as well as other democrats. The DNC issued a statement saying they will donate his previously donated money to causes benefitting women: "The DNC will donate over $30,000 in contributions from Weinstein to Emily's List, Emerge America and Higher Heights."
The gross revelation of Weinstein's decades of sexual abuse also calls into question how many other powerful executives in Hollywood are doing the same thing. Actress Rose McGowan, who was one of the eight women interviewed by the New York Times report exposing Weinstein, pointed the finger at the larger male culture in Hollywood:
"Men in Hollywood need to change ASAP. Hollywood's power is dying because society has changed and grown, and yet Hollywood male behaviour has not. It is so not a good look," McGowan said passionately.
What do you think of Graham's statement about Weinstein? Do you agree with him? Share your thoughts in the comments! Thank you! Weinstein just released a statement responding to the news of his wife leaving him.