“A hacked Sony e-mail posted by WikiLeaks … reveals that Ben Affleck demanded that the PBS show ‘Finding Your Roots’ remove the fact that one of the actor’s ancestors owned slaves,” reports the Boston Globe.
In a July 22, 2014, e-mail, the show’s host, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., asked Sony USA boss Michael Lynton what he should do about Affleck’s request: “One of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors — the fact that he owned slaves. Now, four or five of our guests this season descend from slave owners, including Ken Burns. We’ve never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found. He’s a megastar. What do we do?” Lynton advised that the revelation be removed. “I would take it out if no one knows, but if it gets out that you are editing the material based on this kind of sensitivity then it gets tricky.”
In response to the leaked emails, Affleck apologized for having made the request and admitted that he was embarrassed by his slave owning relative and wanted to distance himself from him.
If PBS was to do a documentary on finding Jesus’ roots, what do you suppose they’d find? He’s the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, so surely His pedigree is perfect, right? Wrong!
Rahab was a prostitute.
King David was an adulterer and murderer.
Truth be told, ALL of Jesus’ ancestors were imperfect, sinful souls simply because ALL human beings are imperfect, sinful souls.
What if this news gets out?! He's a megastar! It could ruin Him!
But Jesus wasn’t embarrassed by his pedigree. He didn't want to distance Himself from it. Rather, He embraced it, acknowledging that God uses imperfect, improbable, even undesirable characters to accomplish his purposes.
“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham …” (Matthew 1:1, ESV).
“Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph … “ (Luke 3:23, ESV).