Everything We Need to Know About #MeToo We Learned in the Bible
By Pamela J. Adams
After three weeks of chaos, accusations, leaks, grandstanding, and riots, Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed and took his place on the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
His confirmation followed a claim of a 35-year-old sexual assault. Democrats pointed fingers at Kavanaugh simply because of an allegation of wrong doing. They had no facts, only a vague memory. But while they pointed fingers, they refused to recognize the log in their own eyes. They simply ignore Pres. Bill Clinton’s accusers and dismiss allegations against Deputy Chairman of the DNC Keith Ellison by his ex-girlfriend. While these women are dismissed, Democrats boldly told Republicans they had no choice but to believe the Kavanaugh “victim”.
With the endless media coverage declaring Kavanaugh a rapist before even hearing any statements, truth, facts, and justice became victims in their own right. Continuous dishonest and misleading reports convinced many mothers that it is impossible for their daughters to lie about something like rape or sexual assault. But is that true? Let’s look at scripture.
After being sold to a group of Ishmaelites by his brothers, Joseph found himself in Egypt as a slave of Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh. Joseph served Potiphar faithfully and God blessed all he did. Joseph never faltered in his faith in God and acted faithfully to his master. Joseph became a trusted servant and Potiphar soon appointed him as overseer of his entire household.
A young, strong, handsome man, Joseph unintentionally caught the eye of Potiphar’s wife. She began seducing Joseph, asking him to “Lie with me,” yet Joseph always refused her advances. He informed her he had no interest in betraying Potiphar, who had given him great responsibility adding, “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
Refusing to take “no” for an answer, the wife again attempted to get Joseph into bed when they were alone in the house. As she grabbed his garment, Joseph shed it as he fled from the house. Furious over Joseph’s rejection, and needing an explanation as to why she had his clothing, Potiphar’s wife called the other male servants, telling them, “See, he has brought among us a Hebrew to laugh at us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. And as soon as he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried out, he left his garment beside me and fled and got out of the house.” With that, we have an instance of a woman lying about sexual assault some 3500 years before Justice Kavanaugh.
When Potiphar returned and was told this lie, he was forced to take action. As a man in his position, if Potiphar believed his wife was sexually attacked the assailant would not survive the day. King Xerxes demonstrates this in Esther 7 when he walks in to see Haman collapsed at Queen Esther’s feet. Haman’s head was immediately removed from his body. By allowing Joseph to live and throwing him in jail, rather than killing him, leads many to believe Potiphar probably realized his wife was bending the truth. Regardless, God was using all of this to eventually place Joseph in Pharaoh’s home where he would save his own family; the 12 tribes of Israel.
This doesn’t mean rape and sexual abuse didn’t occur. Before Joseph’s captivity, his half sister, Dinah, was raped by Shechem, the son of the local ruler, Hamor. Joseph’s brother’s set a trap for Hamor and Shechem, entering their city and massacring all the men. The brothers then looted the entire city, seizing flocks, herds, wealth, as well as all the women and children. The brothers justified their actions to Jacob who was furious, as all the men were killed for the actions of just one. Now innocent blood was on all their hands.
Leftists argue we are so much more civilized and evolved from our ancestors of 3500 years ago. Yet here we are in 2018 calling for all men to be punished for the sins of a few even if the story being told is less than truthful.
The Bible makes it very clear sexual assault is evil. It is very real and leads to horrible consequences. King David’s son, Amnon, raped his half sister Tamar. Her full brother, Absalom, promised revenge, killing his brother two years later, ripping David’s family apart. Following the murder, Absalom fled for his own life, turning from God in the process, only to return home to perform a coup on his father. To confirm his reign, Absalom forced his father’s concubines to sleep with him on the roof for all to see. Such an act was common at the time to show the people a new ruler now controlled the kingdom. Absalom’s act destroyed himself and his family as he allowed revenge and sin to infest his whole being. So, Absalom, after killing his half brother over rape, became no better by taking ten of his father’s wives in a tremendously treasonous act.
What we can and should learn from these and all stories in the Bible is that humans are sinful. Sexual sin, revenge, and hatred are temptations we all struggle with. Jacob’s and David’s sons decided to take action where they felt their father’s weren’t, becoming judge, jury, and executioners themselves. Again, how are we behaving any differently today?
Joseph’s story teaches us that we all have the ability to lie, even about sexual assault. While accusers should be taken seriously, the presumption of innocence takes precedent until sufficient evidence is provided to prove the allegations true. When guilt has been determined without reasonable doubt, as with Dinah and Tamar, desiring revenge on a group is a sinful response to a horrible event.
While some leftists confess they are alright with innocent men enduring punishment for a crime another man committed, others don’t mind if a particular accuser is lying because other women have been victims. It’s social justice for all. Others simply deem all men guilty, period. True survivors want to be believed themselves, causing them to automatically believe others’ allegations. Yet all this can only lead to a very unstable and uncivilized society.
Regardless of our sinful and immoral acts, God can and will use them for good. God allowed events meant for evil to place Joseph as second in command to Pharaoh, thus saving his people from the famine in Canaan. Likewise, as much as opponents still continue to try to destroy Kavanaugh, God can very easily use this for a completely different purpose.
So what we learn from God's Word is that not all accusations are true as all humans lie and deceive. Therefore, irrefutable proof must be required before condemning a suspect. As least Potiphar’s wife had David’s garment, which is more than Kavanaugh’s accuser had, but even that was false evidence. Secondly, when guilt is established, the guilty party should be punished, not an entire community or group. This only leads to more hatred, bloodshed, and war. Third, when punishment is appropriate, God gave government the authority to administer such retribution, not the individual citizen. Jesus told us that our duty is forgiveness, because He first forgave us.
But that’s just my 2 cents.
About the Author
Pamela J. Adams was a high school math teacher in an inner city school system but her passion is research and history. Pam has authored several genealogy books along with compilations of her historical blogs, Liberating Letters, which she maintains at her website TheFactsPaper.com. You can find more details about her books on her Amazon Page.
You can follow her current blogs at her Liberating Letters Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon accounts. Her desire is to provide a tool for teachers, parents, grandparents, and citizens to preserve and pass on America's rich history to students, family, and all people who love freedom and liberty. Pamela was also a contributing writer to Constitution.com before joining Pandora’s Box Gazette.
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