During the height of the #metoo movement, I posted this movie clip on my Facebook page, and asked my female friends this question: “Does this scene depict a sexual assault?” (Click on the image to watch the clip)
Nine out of ten women responded with some form of “yes.”I can assure you that in 1939, when Gone with the Wind was released, no one, male or female, saw Rhett Butler as a sexual predator.
So times have changed. Attitudes have changed.
I have been asked to address this in an upcoming talk I’m titling, “Being a Christian Man in the #metoo Era.”
It’s a tricky time for male disciples of Jesus.
For years, as society has promoted an “anything goes” sexual ethic, Christians have preached a countercultural message of sexual restraint. Men’s ministries such as Promise Keepers presented sexual mores that, if universally followed, would have totally eliminated the #metoo hashtag.
Yet we live in a time of high-profile moral failures among male Christian leaders.
So, is it time for a victory lap? Or is it time to revisit our methods?
If you have any advice or a story to tell, please e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org.