What an incredible speech Oprah delivered at the Golden Globes last month. She began by sharing the memory of being a little girl and seeing Sidney Poitier honored on tv and how memorable it was for her and later admitted that this moment would likely shape the memory of little girls today. She was confident, well spoken, she painted pictures with her words, and she had purpose in every single word that came out of her influential Oprah mouth she spoke. I found myself wanting so badly to roll my eyes at her because that’s what mature Christians do - I mean, how many occasions has this woman been called “the anti Christ” because of the enormous spiritual yet Christ-lacking influence she has had on our culture? But I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t roll my eyes, or turn them away, or even stop them from tearing up here and there. Oprah told us that the we can have justice and equality. She highlighted two women from history who stood up for what she called “their truth” and told us how important it is that women are allowed to speak their own truth.
“...when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery, and it's here with every woman who chooses to say, "Me too." And every man—every man who chooses to listen.”
In a way that no one in the evening’s events had done, Oprah united men and women. She ended with a call to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even in the darkest of nights and she promised us that a new day is on the horizon. And yet when Oprah’s speech was over and I sat in my living room trying to not feel the feels - I was left disappointed and empty handed. Her solution to revolution, her answer to the pain of yesterday and the future of tomorrow -
“And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me too' again."
Did you catch the way she plans for this new horizon to take hold? It’s in the hands of men and women alone - men and women who are not only prone to wander but who are inviting us to wander with them based on the fashion and whim of today. And when those men and women fall (and they will fall), who, then? What about One who can do more than shun bad behavior but who can break the strongholds that bind men and women to bad behavior? Oh my soul, guard yourself, against getting caught up in the revival song of another! Redemption yes, but never apart from repentance.
I, too, believe a new day is on the Horizon. Magnificent women and phenomenal men will be involved. The truth they speak will not be their own. Together they will confess the brokenness of the world as we know it. They are those who groan inwardly along with creation as they wait for what they cannot see. The hope for the future will be clear and it will be driven by infallible words of the One who created us. They will speak the truth of a perfect world with a perfect Father, admitting that the failure that is found out there is at its root caused by the same sinful commitment to self that we experience in our walls and in ourselves.
“The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Romans 13)
The only way out of this mess is through redemption; not the trend setting redemption of the workplace, not even the largely anticipated redemption of our culture but through the redemption of the souls of individual men and women. It will not be through those who are holding tightly to the false pride that tells us today’s people have within them more admirable traits than yesterday’s people. But instead, will be through men and women who will let loose of their own flesh and allow the One who holds the perfect standard in perfect equality to lead the way. The result will be a people who are truly governed by light and peace and able to inspire a true hope for tomorrow that is unchanging.
by Wendy Pierce