The past few months’ news have been variations on a theme, and not a pleasant one.
Jimmy Savile has starred along with the many skeletons in his closet, some of which seem to have belonged to other people. Apparently as of last week the police had him down as having committed over 200 sexual crimes. 28 of his victims were under ten years old. Doesn’t it make you want to burn all those VHSs of Jim’ll Fix It?
But there’s a problem with that strategy. He certainly did something wrong, but hasn’t everyone? Of course, over 200 sexual crimes is pretty extreme, but I wonder where we should draw the line. Ten? One? How about adultery, does that count? How about imagining doing it – would that still be bad?
Where would you draw the line?
Let’s stay on the safe side, and only buy, watch, listen to stuff made by Christians. Surely that would solve the problem? No, not really; Christians are just as likely as non-Christians to fall into any sort of sin.
There’s only one thing for it: we’re going to have to stop buying, watching, listening to, supporting anyone who isn’t as good as me. Hm. Doesn’t feel like I’ve really set the bar high enough.
How about we just admit that everyone has got problems? I mean real, serious problems. For Jimmy that worked itself out in a particular way that wasn’t very pleasant for those involved or for us, but if I’m honest I’m pretty certain that if people went digging around in my past they’d come up with some stuff I’d rather wasn’t seen by the entire world. Maybe the same’s true for you.
Turns out Jimmy Savile wasn’t that much of a monster after all. No, wait, that doesn’t sound right. Turns out I’m just as much of a monster as Jimmy Savile was. That’s more like it.
Thank God he doesn’t judge us based on what we’ve done, but on what Jesus has done in our place. It’s all about grace.