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" David Letterman: in Praise of Corruption "
    "Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed, nor did they know how to blush; therefore they shall fall among those who fall. At the time that I punish them they shall be cast down, says Jehovah." (Jer6:15)

    "Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, he himself shall fall into his own pit..." (Pr28:10)

With David Letterman's recent sex scandal, and observing a bit of it from the news, and also tuning in to hear the tail end of a couple of his public 'confessions', I decided to google on "letterman ratings", and here are some of the headlines that popped up:
    --As Furor Over Palin Joke Rages, Letterman Rises in the Ratings NYTimes.com

    --Letterman's apologies bring big night in ratings - Yahoo! News
    While David Letterman would undoubtedly do without the personal turmoil, his blackmail scandal is great for business.

    --David Letterman sex-blackmail saga earns ratings bonanza - Yahoo! News
    The David Letterman extortion affair and sex scandal is proving a late night ratings bonanza for TV network CBS.

    --Letterman gets ratings bump from apology - USATODAY.com
    David Letterman's apology to his wife and staff members means another big night in the Nielsen ratings for the late-night talk-show host,

    --Viewers still in Letterman's corner - CNN.com

I did this google search for two reasons: 1) all the reports from the various sources seemed to be covering the scandal as though it was an 'up' thing; and 2) when I tuned in to the 'confessions' he was making on his show, he was contriving a 'confession', but was also finding ways to spin his words around to generate big laughs from his audience.

All this, compared to the year 2000 after he had heart surgery, and as he was 'back' hosting the show, in recovery mode, he had his doctors and health care people on the platform as a tribute to them, and in somber nearly tearful state, "These people SAVED MY LIFE!" [link]

Back years ago various preachers were getting caught: Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Ted Haggard, and others; and then, who can forget Bill Clinton. And as these events were unfolding, the comedians were all cashing in on the 'bonanza' of "material". Sex sells. Perverse sex sells even better. But has anyone ever noticed, for as "bad" as GWBush was said to be, and they poked fun at his public speaking gaffs, there was never any public hint of sexual escapades on his part. Alan Kaulter (sp?) the announcer on Letterman's show one time went into one of his trademark verbal "rapes" of Laura Bush. (which he also has done to the queen of England, and other decent respectable women) I never heard that the Bushes threatened to sue over that. But the Palins would not put up with whatever "joke" it was that Letterman told of Sarah and the daughter. (I rarely watch Letterman, so missed that episode. Only heard about it on the news, so then tuned in also for part of Letterman's public 'apology')

Sex is "funny". Perverse sex is "hilarious". And if some famous person gets caught with their (proverbial) "pants down", why... the hilarity is never-ending for extended periods of time. And compared to any of the talk shows I have seen, Letterman is pretty much the -most- 'foul' (well... Conan is probably worse! but...) The expression "dirty-ol-man" dances immediately off the tongue. Hardly any female would appear as his guest, but what he wasn't also leering and oogling her.

Now... -HE- has been caught and exposed!

Many of his guests, particularly the female ones, depending on their notoriety, he would get in there and dig, dig, dig to get them to reveal their dirty little propensities...so that everybody could have a good laugh...even propensities that they didn't want to talk about publicly. Things that shouldn't be spoken about in 'polite' company. But Letterman would dig, to expose them...

    "Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops." (Lk12:3)
As a comedian, Letterman made it his business to 'proclaim', for all to laugh about, the secret things of his guests. He would toss out little lures and nets, and 'trap' his guests into saying things... and everybody would laugh.

Now, the shoe is on the other foot! How does it feel, David Letterman?

Thing is: To Letterman, and the world for that matter, the problem is not that he has been unfaithful to his wife. It is that somebody was trying to blackmail him out of lots of money. An "illegal" activity. But of his "immorality"? His "deviant" behavior?

Problem is, in today's society, his behavior is not "deviant"..!!

From the dictionary:

    de·vi·ant == 1. Differing from a norm or from the accepted standards of a society. --de·vi·ant n. One that differs from a norm, especially a person whose behavior and attitudes differ from accepted social standards.
In today's world, what Letterman has done -is- the societal "norm". Letterman is merely a systemic symptom of society. The more perverse, the harder they scream, cackle and laugh! As such, Letterman's current predicament is actually a gauge of society as a whole... And thus...
    "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil" (Is5:20)
As the preacher says...
    "He who digs a pit may fall into it; and whoever breaks through a hedge may be bitten by a snake." (Ec10:8)
Letterman just got 'bit'. And what is coming for the world? Does the world gasp and condemn the likes of Letterman? No! They bump up his ratings. That's why I googled to find those headlines. Somebody else just got 'caught'? Let's praise them. Yea! Laugh! Clap! The whole world is in a big swill-pond of putrefaction. And they -like- it that way. Just like that neighbor's hound dog years ago, as I was developing this pile of acetone/paint soaked stinky towels from cleaning a sign panel, he came along and buried his snout into the thick of the rags...and if you tried to pull him away, he would -push- to get his snout back into the stink. For whatever reason, that smell was 'yummy' to him; even though with enough time, it probably would have killed him.
    "...the whole world lies in wickedness" (1Jn5:19)

    "Both hands are on evil, to do it well. Both the ruler and the judge ask for a bribe. And the great one speaks the lust of his soul; and they weave it together." (Mic7:3)

    "As a fountain keeps fresh its waters, so she keeps fresh her evil..." (Jer6:7)

And even his 'confession' is phony. When he was on the verge of tears "they saved my life!" he was not twisting words to "get laughs". He was genuinely -grateful- to have his life. When he spins words to get laughs while 'confessing'...that is not the true sorrow and mourning (Ja4:8-10) of a "purified" heart. He is not ashamed. He is "double-minded". So, he says he has deeply hurt his wife. If they have been together for over 20 years, you mean to say she doesn't -already- know of what sort he is? She's never tuned in to hear his jokes, and watch his eyes with the female guests? As he continues to tell the same kind of jokes he always has...!

But like was said earlier, Letterman is not alone. He just happens to be a famous well-known celebrity... and so everybody knows what he has done. But his secret life, recently revealed before the whole world, is merely a 'gauge' of what the rest of the world is. They not only -do- wickedness, but also...

    "...approve of those who practice [it]" (Rom1:32b)
They are -all- "deserving of death". (Rom1:32a)
    "Behold, he writhes in iniquity, and has conceived trouble, and has brought forth falsehood. He has excavated a cistern and dug it, and has fallen into the pit which he made. His trouble shall return upon his own head, and his violence shall come down upon his own crown." (Ps7:14-16)
Sexual perversion and scandal yields high 'ratings' on TV?

Not in God's eyes!

    "But sexual perversion and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no prostitute, unclean person, nor covetous person, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one beguile you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience." (Eph5:3-6)
Amen!
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