If the allegations are true and the overwhelming evidence suggest that they are, Bill Cosby is a rapist. And he should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Mr. Cosby was considered a national treasure and given honors from the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to the title of America’s Favorite Father.
Those accolades were earned because of Mr. Cosby’s many charitable activities in support of the arts, education and the American family.
That lifetime of achievement, excellence and goodwill is gone. Since we now know that the man we all loved and admired as Doctor Huxtable. Used drugs to lure women into unwanted sex and as President Obama said recently, “That is rape”.
Regardless of the judicial findings those of us who have been touched by Mr. Cosby’s comic brilliance, his stand for civil rights or his classic television shows maybe wondering as I am: What to do with Mr. Cosby?
Knowing what I know now:
-Should I continue to enjoy the Cosby Show?
-Should I show my grandchildren the African art he contributed to the Smithsonian?
-Should I be in support the movement to strip him of all honors including the Medial of Freedom?
What should I do with Mr. Cosby?
For an answer to that question I myself asked another question: “What would Jesus do? “
As recorded in Luke’s gospel, Jesus spoke with Simon Peter before leaving the Upper Room after the Last Supper, warning him of the coming test.
“Peter, let me tell you something. Between now and tomorrow morning when the rooster crows, you will deny me three times, declaring that you don’t even know me.” Luke 22: 34 NLT
And what did Jesus do? – He forgive Peter and rooted for His redemption.
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, with the ability to strengthen your brothers” Luke 22:31-32 NLT.
The very purpose of Christ’s suffering and death on the Cross is not only forgiveness but also for redemption.
So what should we to do with Mr. Cosby?
– Yes he has done bad things
– Yes he should be punished
– Yes he has betrayed our trust
But so did Peter and what did Christ do with him?
However, more importantly in our lives
- We will do bad things – and will have people who will do bad things to us.
- We will betray and deny those who are close to us – and will have the same done to us.
- We will sin and – be sinned against
Therefore, like Christ:
I will forgive Mr. Cosby.
I will hope in his punishment that he will repent and find help
And I will root for his redemption.
While doing all of this I will pray that Jesus will forgive me and redeem me for the wrong I have done.
For Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.