Oscar Outrage: The Truth About Prejudice

Oscar nominations rolled out about a week ago and shortly afterwards a whirlwind debate erupted about why mostly white guys received selections.

I confess, my curiosity was piqued. Why did this white plague descend on the Oscars? Who is “The Academy” that everyone thanks in their acceptance speeches? Is it a shadowy room full of hooded figures lighting candles and chanting?

Nope…well probably not, but Oscar embroidered cloaks would be so swanky. Anywho – a quick Google search (we can always trust Google…right?) revealed that it’s a few thousand actors, directors, costume designers, etc…that nominate people within their field for the little golden idol – so directors within “The Academy” nominate other directors for their work that year. That’s literally who is accountable for the lack of diversity.

We Shouldn’t Be Surpised

The interesting part of this Oscar debacle is how an unbelieving world is shocked by people with prejudices. The problem is that the world denies our sinful nature. Culture carelessly champions the notion that we’re all generally good, except for the murderers and really “bad” people. Generally people are evolving into the best version of themselves day by day. It’s very popular to tell people, “Be the best version of yourself.”

Christians may think that’s not such a bad concept. After all God commands us…

Leviticus 19:18 (NIV)

Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

Seems like an applicable verse for “The Academy” but the reality is we are all condemned by God’s standard of love. None of us fulfill this law because we do not love perfectly.

Romans 7:21-23 (ESV)

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.  For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,  but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.

This sums up our problem as sinful people. We want to do good, but if we’re honest with ourselves we find ourselves sinning in a variety of ways. One of which is holding back love, in other words – prejudice. Humans have become skilled at hurting others based on sex, race, or any other classifications we assign to people.

We want to eliminate injustice from the world but even if “The Academy” was a remote castle full of nuns, social justice warriors, and “woke folk,” sin would taint the vote.

Romans 3:23 (ESV)

 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

It’s a hard pill to swallow. We are all sinners that fail to love others above our own interests 100% of the time. This is why we must trust in the love Christ displays for us.

Romans 5:8 (ESV)

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

There is comfort in God’s love and forgiveness through faith in Christ. We’re no different than “The Academy,” full of envy and jealousy towards our brothers and sisters – but thankfully there is a Savior for sinners.

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14 thoughts on “Oscar Outrage: The Truth About Prejudice

  1. Good analogy! I like that you speak from a truly Christian perspective instead of tangling up politics with your viewpoints…not that we don’t all have an opinion about politics, but you know what I mean. I was worried after the first paragraph that you might rant about how liberals are the ones who are prejudiced. Very true that we ALL fall short of how we should love others and all carry some prejudices.

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    1. If the problem is sin, then it doesn’t matter if we abandon the Oscars – people are sinful either way.

      I don’t see how a boycott would matter to the Oscars, maybe losing some revenue from commercials? My question is when would we know that a perfect level of diversity was achieved?

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