Will, Jada, and August
So my BMF and I were having a conversation this morning about Will, Jada and August. In case you don’t know, actress and NAACP Image Award recipient, Jada Pinkett Smith, allegedly had an affair with 27-year-old hip hop artist August Alsina with the permission of her Grammy and Academy Award winning husband, Will Smith. Before we get into it, let me preface this by saying, this is in no way an attempt to capitalize off of another person’s mistake. The reason I’m writing about it now is because this is a REAL ISSUE that needs to be addressed – from followers of Jesus Christ, so that the church and the world understands there is biblical precedence for something similar to their alleged affair in the Bible.
“Let's ask the hard question: Is Cougarin' in the Word?”
Again, it was during that conversation that I commented on August’s maturity, to which my friend rejected. He stated that from a man’s perspective, his actions were just the opposite. In my defense, I said that I based my maturity assessment based upon what was said during his interview with radio personality, Angela Yee, in that his explanations, positions, and spiritual experiences weren’t that of your normal 27-year-old. To my point, I also added that his maturity was a staunch reflection of Jada’s immaturity. I know because before I gave my life to Christ, I primarily dated nothing but men who were twice my age. Looking back, I now realize that those older men weren't only drawn to my looks but because they themselves were immature. And though she’s considered, and probably is a very wise and intelligent woman, August merely mirrored those parts of her that have yet to develop.
As such, their alleged affair has sparked a public debate as to whether Mr. Smith gave August permission to be with Mrs. Smith. There is also some conversation around the fact that August is almost half Jada’s age. And though if the role was reversed, and it was Will’s side chick bringing an allegation, I’m pretty sure age wouldn’t be an issue but because cougaring is something that we seldom see, their indiscretion has taken on another light. But in that light is something that can seen in 1 Corinthians 5.
Cougaring in the Scripture
In 1 Corinthians 5, we find Paul rebuking a couple in the faith community, that were having a much-publicized affair. Verse 1 reads, “It is…reported that there is sexual immorality among you…that a man has his father’s wife!” From that verse, we find a stepson having an affair with his father’s wife. Therefore, it’s safe to assume that the stepmother is much older than her stepson. Therefore, for all intents and purposes, she too would be a cougar; a woman who has a sexual relationship with a younger man. And though Jada was not August’s stepmother, I use this only to prove that the Bible does speak about cougar-ish relationships.