Posts Tagged ‘Obama’


May 17, 2013


This past Thursday was the season finale of the popular TV show Scandal. For those who don’t know, Scandal is an American political television series starring African American actress Kerry Washington. Washington plays the role of Olivia Pope, whose character is partially based on former Bush Administration press aide and public relations consultant Judy Smith. Pope works to free the President and other high profile characters from various scandals, and also happens to get caught up in a few scandals of her own.

What amazes me about the show is how immensely popular it is with pastors, ministers, and other persons of faith as judged by their frequent postings in social media — Facebook, Twitter, etc. — about their love for the show.

Why is this show so popular with Pastors and other persons of faith?

I think it’s because as people of faith we are often daily crisis and scandal managers in the lives of our families, churches, and communities. Now these scandals aren’t typically White House level scandals, but they are scandals all the same.

Furthermore, the show is timely, because the Obama Administration has also gotten mired in a series of purported scandals including the attack of the US Consultant in Benghazi, the IRS’s alleged targeting of Right Wing political groups, and the Justice Department’s targeting of reporters.

What’s incredible about these matters is that many of the conservative politicians who are calling for the President’s head on these matters were silent when during the Bush Administration and other conservative administrations progressive groups including the NAACP and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were targeted by the IRS and other government agencies like the FBI because of their policies.

The bottom line, for us as persons of faith is that when it comes to scandals we must look to Jesus because He is the ultimate crisis manager. Indeed, when the woman was caught in adultery he said to her accusers, “Let he who has no sin cast the first stone” (John 8:7). He also didn’t condemn the woman caught in adultery, but he did tell her to “go and sin no more,” (John 8:11) and this is a word for us all.

In the final analysis, Scandal fans know that what the show clearly shows us is that although we may try to hide it, sin is never private, and we all need to get right with God today!

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Kip Banks, Sr.