Sexual Harassment

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

Christina and I watched the movie, North Country. I have heard good things about it in the past, but for some reason we never got around to watch it.

I don’t even know where to start to describe some of my emotions when I saw the movie. At first I was a bit appalled and then it turned into disgust and anger (righteous anger). The movie was based on true events in history. It was based on the first ever class-action sexual harassment lawsuit that was filed in 1988.

Lois Jenson and other female workers at the EVTAC mine in Eveleth, Minnesota filed the lawsuit against the mining company due to the sexual harassment that they experienced at work. The infamous Lois E. Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co. set the precedent for future lawsuit on sexual harassment.

I guess my justice side kicked in as I started to ask myself, “What if that was my daughter?”

It is remarkable to see how far we have come from the times that were depicted in the movie. But there are still a lot of underlining biases that men have when it comes to women. We see it in subtle ways – even in the church.

I have advised many women (warned many guys) that the way a guy treats the women in their lives (mother, sister, small group members, co-workers, etc) reflects how they will treat you when you get married to him. I know it is a scary thought… but there is truth in that statement.

My prayer is that all the men in our church will hold to a high standard of honoring women because they are cherished by God. I am constantly amazed at every interaction that Jesus had with women in the Bible. In fact, it humbles me because it shows how much more I need to grow in learning to honor women. Jesus set the standard… we, men want to be more like Him… therefore, we need to follow His example.

Series of All Series

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

If you haven’t checked out our Naked sermon series website yet, then you can click here first.

There is about a week left before we start this new sermon series on March 11th. We have been diligently trying to prepare for this series. For some reason, as we were planning out the sermon series for the whole year, we just felt like this series was really going to help our church see a breakthrough.

Some of the topics will not be easy to talk about, but it is necessary. There are a lot of people in the Church today that are living in bondage to addictions and shame. This hinders people from truly coming into the marvelous light and experiencing true freedom in Christ.

I want to encourage everyone to do 3 things:

1) Pray for this 4-part series. The spiritual battle will intense for us individually and as well as a church. We cannot forget that so many Christians have been hindered in loving God and doing His will due to all the shame and guilt. This is exactly where Satan wants us to be – ineffective, immobilized, and indifferent. We need some prayer warriors to rise up and pray for God’s protection and covering.

 

2) Invite your friends and co-workers. The issues that we are going to talk about affect all people regardless if you are a believer or not. I feel like this series will paint a picture of what it could be like to be free. People will see that the freedom can only come through the cross which has broken the curse of sin and death. Once people understand God’s love, mercy and forgiveness, they will be able to walk in the Light. Don’t miss this opportunity to share the greatness of God’s love and mercy.

 

3) Check out the testimonies on the website. There is something powerful about testimonies. It helps us to see that we are not alone in our experiences but also that there is hope in our situation. God has delivered and set many people free from their issues, therefore it gives us a glimpse of what could happen to us. I want to encourage you to read through the testimonies and be encouraged. Also, it will encourage so many other people if you would share a testimony of God’s love and mercy through some of the struggles and trials that you have gone through in the past.

 

“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God” (John 3:19-21).