The news is filled with new allegations every day, of sexual harassment and abuse. What is going on? Might it not be a spiritual awakening?
"The flesh wars against the spirit." and yet, "it is the spirit which quickeneth. The flesh profiteth nothing." Generations have been pooh-poohing such wisdom from the Bible while embracing the gorgeousness of matter, the flesh - popularity, affluence, selfish pleasure-seeking. The pattern is as old as the hills.
What is the flesh? Materialism. What is the spirit? Acknowledgment of the incorporeal source, path, and destination of our being, God, Love.
Materialism can be as prevalent in a church as in Hollywood, where popularity trumps purity, success trumps humility, and the worship of good ideals and God bears little relation to the life of the worshipper.
Hopefully, the current awareness of the depravity underlying the social facades of success, power, and popularity will lead to a more spiritual approach, whereby the ambitious one will not be willing to bow down to anything but the spiritual demands of his or her Maker.
"The wicked man is not the ruler of his upright neighbor. Let it be understood that success in error is defeat in Truth... To ascertain our progress, we must learn where our affections are placed and whom we acknowledge and obey as God. If divine Love is becoming nearer, dearer, and more real to us, matter is then submitting to Spirit. The objects we pursue and the spirit we manifest reveal our standpoint, and show what we are winning." (S&H)