I’ve been following John Crist, Christian Comedian, for at least a year now. Allegations have come out about his sexual misconduct towards several women and he’s stepping back as a comedian. It genuinely pains me in many ways to share this news with you.
Here’s what he’s been accused of, his response to the public, and what we can take away from it.
What Sexual Misconduct Acts John Crist is Accused Of
As of November 6, 2019, People Magazine said 5 women came forward and accused John Crist of these things:
Sexting multiple different women
Asking a married woman to have sex with him
Asking women in committed relationships to have sex with him
Offering show tickets in exchange for sexual favors
Calling these ladies late at night when he was drunk
These acts of sexual misconduct have occurred over the last 7 years.
John Crist’s Statement Regarding The Sexual Misconduct Charges
According to CNN, John issued a statement apologizing to the women that have come forward with their testimonies. John says that he’s not guilty of everything that he’s been accused of, but he confesses that he’s been too casual in his relationship with women and at times reckless with his actions.
Crist goes on to share that his behavior was sinful and destructive and he’s sinned against God, the women, and people he loves. He says that he’s violated his own Christian beliefs and hurt many people around him.
His Battle With Addiction
John goes on to share in his statement that he’s been receiving professional help for his sexual sins and struggles with addiction. It’s not truly clear if he’s talking about a sex addiction or alcohol addiction, but that he’s been getting help regularly.
However, he said that his family, team, and closest friends have known of these struggles for years and now the public knows. His greatest fear has been that the people who loved him from the stage and supported him would hat him if they knew everything about him.
John Crist Cancels His Tours And Netflix Cancels His Show
In light of the women coming forward, Crist canceled all of his remaining tours and said he will not return to comedy until further notice. Also, Crist had a show released on Netflix and the network canceled it.
What’s Our Takeaway?
I don’t mean to bore you with details of the news story, but I feel it’s important that you know what’s being reported. Without the information, it’s easy to jump to conclusions and make assumptions one way or the other.
So, what’s our takeaway from this? Here’s what you should keep in mind:
1. Your Sin Hurts Everyone
There are so many hurting people in this situation. Don’t buy into the culture’s philosophy that you can do whatever you want, because it’s not hurting anyone. Sin hurts you, it hurts God, and it hurts the people around you. It doesn’t matter what the sin is, it has a destructive effect on everyone.
2. Your Sin Destroys Your Life
Sin is destructive. It may feel good for a time, but it’s a cancer to your soul. Maybe you won’t realize how much damage it’s brought until you see everything around you going up in flames.
3. No One is Above Getting Sucked Into Sexual Sin
My mom always said this, “Never let your guard down. The minute you think you’re above something is the minute Satan will attack you”. Today, it’s John Crist. But tomorrow, it could be you. Don’t think for even a second that this couldn’t be you.
4. God Creates Beauty From Ashes
Whether your life has been destroyed from your own sin or the sin of someone else, God can create something beautiful. I’ve walked with many people through their darkest of days over the years. I’ve stared down the path of destruction and sat with them in piles of rubbish.
But…God….created something beautiful in their life from the ashes. The roads were long and hard, but I’ve seen people adjust to their new normal.
How Do We Respond to The Women?
They need our prayers, support, and love. We may never know who they are or what actually happened. But, we know they are hurting and dealing with deep emotional pain. We will not excuse what John did or diminish the way they feel.
It takes so much courage to stand up and confront sin and we will applaud them for that. As they cry me too, we’ll bring our loving arms around them and be the hands and feet of Christ. When they are trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces of brokenness in their lives, we will help them.
We’ll pray that they heal from the pain of John’s sexual sins against them and that they will learn to trust again. When they feel ashamed, dirty, and guilty, we’ll remind them who they are in Christ. When they cry, we’ll cry with them.
How Do We Respond to Crist?
John needs our prayers and he needs our grace. We’ll be thankful to the women that publicly exposed this sin in his life so that the abuse can stop. While we don’t know what will happen to him moving forward, we’ll trust God that He will make beauty from ashes.
As John continues to seek the help he needs, we’ll support him. We won’t bash him for his actions or unleash hate for his sin. No, we won’t condone what he did, but we won’t make him feel we’re better than he is.
We’ll call what he did what it is, sexual abuse. His predatory actions on women are wrong and we won’t try and soften the blow or stand up for what he did.
But, we will cry with him and stand beside him as he stares down the path of destruction in his life. When he’s ready to rebuild, we’ll support him. Most of all, we won’t stop loving him with the love of the Lord. And as part of that love, we won’t knowingly let him go on sinning in this way.