My snarky side finds it incredibly rich that a denizen of Hollywood should lecture anyone about being “morally treasonous.” Shall we run down the list of productions out of that town, generally, or from Sony, specifically, that have assisted in undermining the morals of the nation and the world?
But moving past that which is perversely enjoyable to what is uncomfortable… Aaron Sorkin makes several very good points in this New York Times editorial: “The Sony Hack and the Yellow Press.”
THREE weeks ago Sony Pictures Entertainment was the victim of a massive cyberattack by an outlaw group calling itself the Guardians of Peace. They breached Sony’s security and stole tens of thousands of internal documents and emails.
The Guardians just had to lob the ball; they knew our media would crash the boards and slam it in. First, salaries were published. Not by the hackers, but by American news outlets.
Then came the emails. A squabble between the Sony executive Amy Pascal and the producer Scott Rudin, an inappropriate and racially charged exchange, an insulting critique of recent Adam Sandler movies, a new idea for the “Spider-Man” franchise. Published. Everywhere.
Most of what the press has jumped upon is not real news, but nothing more than childish, cruel gossip. Instead of focusing on real scandals, and threats to freedom and our entire way of life—like those going on in Washington, DC, every day—we have media people living in glass houses who are zealously flinging bricks.
Sorkin unleashes a 12,000 megaton blast in nine words: “No one’s private life can totally withstand public scrutiny.”
If you don’t feel the crushing weight of that sentence, you have a monumental issue with self-deception. Every person reading this (including you and I) is far from perfect, and a large percentage of us would never want to show our faces in public again were the contents of our private emails, conversations, and Internet surfing histories published for all the world to see.
Which is a great place to wish you: Merry Christmas!
Whether you believe Jesus was born in what we now call late December, or perhaps mid-September (or any other time of year), is not nearly as important as the rock-solid truth that He came. He came to “destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8b) and the context in John’s letter makes it clear that when we sin we are doing the devil’s work.
Jesus came to finally and completely deal with our moral treason.
Gossip is, indeed, morally treasonous… and so are innumerable other things in our lives. But Jesus came to destroy every one of those poisonous actions. God Himself carried out a plan to redeem us from every private act that would bring public shame, and everlasting pain. God redeemed a people for Himself through Jesus—He made His enemies into sons and daughters of the King.
That is the glorious news of Christmas.
No matter what “moral treason” has marked and scarred your life, the slate can be wiped clean if you sincerely come to the Father in confession, asking for mercy based upon what Jesus did while he was here in human flesh.
Sorkin is right that journalists should not be assisting the “Guardians of Peace” in their nefarious deeds, and we should not cooperate with the devil in his. The gift and reality at the root of this season is freedom from every stain of moral treason. Please—whether you’ve done so before or not—this is one gift you dare not pass another Christmas without enjoying.
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)
Here’s to a new you, in the new year.