I am not here to put my two cents in on what Cosby may or may not have done.
I trust the Lord will sort that out and work in our justice system as necessary.
I am, however, glad to hear that there is a retrial on the horizon.
Regardless of the outcome, the fact that this case is being given a retrial is a huge indicator of how far America has come in regard to treating women as fully human; a sentiment we have seen eerily echoing out from our past sins of racism.
(imagine the combination of both prejudices that “angry” black women have to deal with every day in America)
Women in general have had a rough go of it for centuries. We were reminded of this just yesterday as dialog about women being the first to preach a risen Savior flooded our social media feeds (mine anyway), and people lashed out in protest.
“There’s a difference between preacher and pastor” one man commented, clinging to his superiority.
I kept my comments to myself and decided to enjoy Easter with my family, sans debate on church patriarchy. I have seen enough to know that God is at work (still) and there is no need to argue on the matter.
I believe however, that He is on the side of the oppressed and that our nation is now having to face the harsh reality women have lived for so long.
In the coming year, we will see one man (Cosby) held accountable for his alleged actions against women. America is finally moving in the direction of Jesus’s ideal of how we should respect and value one another as humans. We’ve got a long way to go, albeit, but it gives me hope nevertheless.
It gives me hope that the church will continue to lead the way for our equality despite the naysayers and power-seekers.
It gives me hope that this type of thing could be just what we need for whole church to begin realizing the lingering bias and ignorance.
It gives me hope that my daughter, who is 8 and wants to be a pastor someday, will not have her dream ripped away by some fool that worships law over the Lord.
So, I am grateful that the Lord works all things for good. All the horrible things these women have had to endure at the hands of politicians, celebrities, and for many of us, even our family members…
All these things are being worked together for our good. The world is taking notice of our struggle and God is on our side.
For my brothers and sisters, I ask you to decide where you stand.
Will you be on the right side of history when our nation looks back on these events? Will you bear the load of your fellow Americans when we could not speak for ourselves? Or will you turn your face away because it is just easier not to listen?
I pray your heart is softened and your eyes are opened to the struggles of those around you today and every day.