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  • Ben Emery

It's the Hypocrisy, not the Act

Updated: Sep 26, 2018


Eighteen years ago, while at a fundraising event the then teacher, current Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, allegedly groped a female newspaper reporter. The accusations are vague, and the statements reactions are changing seemingly by the hour. I’m not here to parse out that whole situation.

There are so many things for which I think Justin Trudeau is a poor leader and an immature and immoral man that the one for which he is finally being recognized as such is, at least to me, almost comical.


Trudeau has fallen victim to the unjust #metoo, guilty until proven innocent system of justice, that he so willingly promoted and carried out, even on some of his fellow MPs. According to his own standards, either that system of dealing with these types of problems is faulty or what he did was categorically wrong (without any need for a real investigation because, you know, #metoo). Yet somehow, he is attempting to say neither of those things and people are witnessing the inconsistency. Trudeau even claims innocence on the basis of, “men and women experience things differently” (binary much Justin?).

While sinful men are experts at ignoring the hypocrisy in their own lives, like the Pharisees of old, they still love to point it out in others and will cannibalize each other in the process. Recognition of the Prime Minister’s particular brand of hypocrisy is not only coming from his right wing, conservative opponents, but it’s even starting to come from his left of center friends over at the CBC. Consider this article (one among a growing number) entitled, “Hypocrisy is at the Crux of the Trudeau Groping Allegation”. The conclusion of the article reads,

The prime minister is now experiencing firsthand how a one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with accusations of sexual misconduct is extremely fraught. But instead of conceding that, he is simply changing the standard to a one-size-fits-most: Everyone except the prime minister. That's the issue. It's the hypocrisy, not the act.

As Christians, let us judge rightly. We need to be in the unceasing habit of removing our logs before removing another’s speck. And while we should rejoice every time the progressive Left’s house of cards loses another three of clubs, let us not fall into the trap of using their standard because it helped us this time. Let us hold up all actions and standards of justice to the perfect, unchanging Law-Word of God. In it we would discover that the issue is not just the hypocrisy (Mark 7:6-8), but also the act (1 Cor. 6:9-10). And not just the act but also the issue of false testimony (Ex. 32:1), and of mob justice (Ex. 23:2). Let us not be guilty of a “one-size-fits-most” style of justice and apply God’s standards across the board or we will just be guilty of a different sort of hypocrisy.

#MeToo #Culture #Politics