He’s mad at God.
He wouldn’t be the first. He won’t be the last.
Former Fox News personality, Bill O’Reilly, is licking his wounds and laying blame. The problem is, he’s blaming everyone else, when in reality, he should be doing some deep, self-reflection, regarding how he fell so far to end up where he is now.
Said O’Reilly on Monday:
“You know, am I mad at God? Yeah, I’m mad at him,” O’Reilly said. “I wish I had more protection. I wish this stuff didn’t happen. I can’t explain it to you. Yeah, I’m mad at him.”
The remarks were made on his podcast, “No Spin News.”
Oddly named, considering he’s spinning the excuses and blame for his current troubles like mad.
O’Reilly and Fox News paid out tens of millions of dollars to settle sexual harassment claims.
One case netted a $32 million payout, all by itself.
You don’t settle on cases for that kind of money without some compelling evidence against you.
In total, there are six women who have received settlement payouts, due to accusations of sexual misconduct. Those are six women who were willing to come forward and go through the tedious, and sensitive process of telling their story, in order to get retribution for the treatment they received from O’Reilly.
Are they all lying? Were they in cahoots, in some grand plan, working with a left-leaning media to bring O’Reilly down from his high perch, atop the cable news network ratings?
It seems like a stretch, but it’s one O’Reilly wants us to believe.
He accuses the New York Times of attempting to hurt he and his family by reporting on the allegations.
“It’s horrible what I went through, horrible what my family went through,” O’Reilly said. “The pain it brings to my children is indescribable. Indescribable.”
I don’t doubt there’s pain, but according to past court records, the pain with O’Reilly’s family began before news of the settlements came to light.
I don’t know O’Reilly. I don’t know his story or how he conducts himself in social situations.
I also don’t know his walk with God. I can only assume he feels he has some sort of relationship with our heavenly Father, at least enough to say he’s mad at Him.
It’s a natural, flesh-borne reaction to blame God when something we’ve done blows up in our face.
“WHY DIDN’T YOU TAKE CARE OF ME, FATHER? DON’T YOU CARE ABOUT HOW MUCH I’M HURTING?”
He cares. Very much.
Every tear cried by those who belong to Him must pass through His hands, and He is not blind or calloused to our pain. However, growth must come before the healing.
Faith, growth, and healing are all made possible by a steady diet of God’s Word, not by wallowing in self-pity.
“He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But whoever confesses and turns away from his sins will find compassion and mercy.” – Proverbs 28:13 AMP
Mr. O’Reilly is feeding his bitterness, rather than his faith.
Do you want to heal your family and your reputation, Mr. O’Reilly?
Then stop blaming God.
These public outcries will not help you. The accusations are out there. The money has been paid.
And God is still God.
Where you go next is up to you. You can dig your hole of despair deeper, or you can give it to God and let Him do a work in you.
What you can’t do is blame Him for actions that were your own.