Recently actress Alyssa Milano used twitter to encourage women who’d been sexually harassed or assaulted to tweet “MeToo.” She twitted, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” #MeToo has not only mushroomed on Twitter but it has flooded Facebook as well. Milano was responding to a friend’s suggestion: “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”
This suggestion comes in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood, exposing decades of harassment and multiple allegations of rape aimed at the big-name producer. Popular Christian author Beth Moore tweeted, “A well meaning mentor told me at 25 that people couldn’t handle hearing about sexual abuse and it would sink my ministry. It didn’t. #MeToo.” Moore decided to expand on the hashtag by suggesting how victims can get help. “WeToo have a voice. For all the times we were bullied into silence, we get to speak up and call wrong Wrong. #WeToo for fewer future,” she wrote.
#MeToo is,” as Sophie Gilbert wrote in The Atlantic, “simply an attempt to get people to understand the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault in society.” It gives women and men as well, the opportunity to raise their voice in protest to sexual harassment and assault.
We read in Hebrews 13:3-4 from the Message: “Look on victims of abuse as if what happened to them happened to you. Honor marriage, and guard the sacredness of sexual intimacy between wife and husband. God draws a firm line against casual and illicit sex.” Men let’s commit to moral purity and sexual integrity, aware of the vulnerability of women, while combating the plague of sexual violence.
Our witness is greatly needed in this sexually confused and hurting society. I agree with the challenge of David French, “Now is the time for Christians to leave their defensive crouch, to approach the public square with confidence. A wounded and broken sexual culture searches for answers. Who are we to withhold the truth?”
Our nation has lost it moral compass. Improper sexual behavior is only going to increase. More women will become victims of male predators. “They’ve refused for so long to deal with God that they’ve lost touch, not only with God but with reality itself. They can’t think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go in sexual obsession, addicted to every sort of perversion” (Eph. 4:18-19 – Message). This describe men who are like wolves in sheep’s clothing, intent on satisfying their unrighteous passions.
Men, I ask you to pledge with me to be a virtuous man when it comes to your public demeanor towards women. Join me in 1) Giving thanks to God for the wonderful gift of sex, along with the guidance given to us in Scripture, 2) Being accountable to your wife for your moral purity and sexual integrity, 3) Purpose in your heart never to objectify other women in your life, 4) Ask God to build a wall of fire around you, so that other women know you are off-limits, 5) purpose to not flirt or countenance another women in an unrighteous manner, 6) ask for grace to avoid online porn, and 7) cry out to God for strength to remain pure and virtuous.
Remember Paul’s warning, “Since we want to become spiritually one with the master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever” (I Cor 6:18 – Message). Commit to being a “one-women man.” Pray daily with your wife concerning the intimacy of your marriage. This includes body, soul and spirit.