Nov. 29, 2017

Where in the World is Matt Lauer?

The Today Show is a daily routine at my house. Except on Sunday. CBS wins on Sunday.

I am so attached to The Today Show that when I stopped working outside the home, I began recording it. Since I didn’t have to set an alarm to get ready for work, I taped it so I could watch it when I woke up. You know, at 8:00 or 9:00 or 10:00, and so on. <smile>

What I really like about The Today Show are the headlines. The first fifteen minutes is really all I watch.  I can get all the world’s news without the opinion and crap provided on other networks. Then, I’m ready for my day.

What a shock when I awoke this morning and read on Facebook that NBC let go of Matt Lauer. I immediately jumped out of bed and pulled up the recorded version of The Today Show to watch it.  Just as Facebook reported (through my friends), Matt was gone and Savannah was struggling to explain why. Tough stuff.

Over the past several years, The Today Show did a segment called, “Where in the World is Matt Lauer.” They would give us a close-up shot of Matt in some far off and exotic place while he gave hints of his backdrop. We tried to guess where he was as the camera panned out to reveal his location for the day. So, where in the world is Matt Lauer today?

I hope Matt Lauer is doing one of two things: 1) I hope he is spending time with his family simply loving them. I think we often forget that sin has a ripple effect. Unfortunately, some of the most deeply wounded do not ask for what they get in the line of fire; and 2) I hope Matt Lauer is doing a great deal of soul searching. Whether the accusations are true or false (which I suspect NBC had hard proof since they acted so quickly), he will need strength in the days ahead. It appears the alleged victim has found her strength and her delay in reporting is typical in sexual abuse/assault experiences.

The saddest thing about sexual misconduct is we want to analyze it, but we don’t seem to want to learn anything from it. What lessons can we learn from the recent onslaught of sexual misconduct accusations across all professions? First, we don’t know the truth, so we need to stop pretending we do. Secondly, we really don’t have a say and we need to stop pretending we do. Lastly, we cannot demand the government intervene in women’s reproductive decisions while we protest any accountability expected from men and their sexual behaviors.

It’s time we grow up as a nation. It’s time that we understand and teach our children that men and women can co-exist, but mutual respect must be part of the picture. An important lesson we seemed to have forgotten and certainly stopped supporting is, “you reap what you sow.”

Remember, “For all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.” Let’s not pretend one person’s sin is worse than another’s.

Note: If it is discovered that NBC acted too quickly and Matt Lauer is innocent, I will be the first in line to apologize. Again, I think there was solid proof for them to act so abruptly. I encourage you to keep in mind that well over 90% of women reporting sexual assault or abuse are telling the truth. Please stop focusing on the <8% who lie for attention or revenge.