There are two occasions where I yell at my television. I know that they cannot hear me, but there is some satisfaction that I derive from letting my side of the argument being heard. (wow, now that I put it in writing, it seems creepy)
Anywho… One is somewhat innocent and motivated by love… My beloved Nashville Predators sometimes need some motivation and encouragement to play the game properly, if I am not screaming at the screen, “PASS, PASS… SHOOT, COME ON THAT’S A PENALTY…” that could seriously effect the outcome of a game…
The second happens less often because I rarely watch The Today Show on NBC. I used to watch it religiously, but I have not been a fan in a long time. I thought that they had their finger on the pulse of the news and our culture, but lately it has been so amazingly sensationalized and trashy. They might as well bring in Jerry Springer’s staff to run the show, they are only a few good fights away from being that disgusting.
This morning’s episode that sent me into a tirade was a segment on “the science of cheating.” All of this is motivated on the governor’s scandal with the prostitutes. So they bring in these experts to explain the biology and science of monogamy. The underlying tone of the segment was… “you know what, there is just no way that you can fight the evidence that the science justifies cheating.” ARE YOU KIDDING ME? With this same logic, you could justify people giving into all kinds of addictions… alcoholism… I mean the science is there… so let’s just face facts… WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?
They didn’t ask anything about the theology of this issue, but it is pretty easy to figure out.. Let’s look at Romans 7:17-19:
As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.
Here it is: Science or Theology agree on this… we are not wired to live holy and righteous lives. We are in a constant battle with our flesh. But, if we were to follow the logic that our disposition somehow justifies any action, we have completely missed the boat, and we are starting down a slippery slope that none of us want to see the end. If we accept at any level the idea that our flesh is an excuse and justifies our sinful activities, then we are headed for a personal demise and as a culture absolute chaos.
So my suggestion to the fine folks at the Today Show is this… “Why not get on people who have been married 25, 50, 60, 75 years? Who have been faithful and not cheated and figure out how it is possible to live a happy monogamous life? That might actually be something worth watching.
Sorry, got a little “soapbox-y” here in this post, I don’t generally do that, but I was a little fired up this morning…