I’m sure you’ve heard the news and why he has cancelled all future tour dates. Netflix just announced they are putting his stand up show to be aired on 11/28 on hold. Crist’s sexual sin has been publicly exposed. After reading his letter of confession and seeking forgiveness, there’s a few things I’d like to comment on.
- Does anyone else refer to him as Jesus’ brother? I always say his last name as Christ. Was that even John’s last name? I don’t know. I’m just being comical.
- Why did his victims of sexual misconduct wait so long to tell someone? Why did one woman go out on a rollerblading date alone with John without her boyfriend joining them? Two years later and he’s just now being outed. Why?
- God loves him.
“I am sorry for the hurt and pain I have caused these women and will continue to seek their forgiveness. I have also hurt the name of Jesus and have sought His forgiveness.” John professed. What I see here is a man who, although struggled deeply, still chose to press on and do life. I hear a godly sorrow in that second sentence quoted.
Now I know it is not the women’s fault they were sexually offended. Please don’t email me like a radical feminist, “Just because I’m wearing a mini skirt doesn’t give you the right to rape me.” I agree, people need to control themselves. People need help. Let’s help them by more than just covering our bodies, let’s pray for them. Pray for men and women who struggle with sexual sin.
Sure, he messed up, hurt people and lived a secret life. But aren’t you glad this isn’t titled, “Your Name Exposed”. If it were titled, “Nicole Kish Exposed”, I would hope to have as much courage as John did in confessing to the truth and asking forgiveness. Seeking help. That’s brave.
Would I still listen to his stand up? Sure. The dudes hilarious. How are we any different? Are we not all sinners saved by grace, through faith? Is the blood of Jesus not enough for John Crist’s sin? No, you and I may not have attempted to sexually offend someone, but we have sinned. We have hurt others. We are no different.
- John Crist is brave enough to profess Christ as Lord and brave enough to admit that he needs help. When’s the last time you did that?
- Victims need to speak out sooner. God is fighting for your victory! Don’t live in fear and shame.
- God still loves us, even in our darkest hour and cares more about our private life being whole than our public life being famous.