The latest revelations of Trump’s abuse of power and subsequent abuse of women are not exactly shocking – what you see is what you get. And while possibly sounding sanctimonious, listening to that video leaves you feeling grubby for participating in the conversation.
Our pastor Keith McCrory today was preaching on Matthew 5:27-30
27-28 “You know the next commandment pretty well, too: ‘Don’t go to bed with another’s spouse.’ But don’t think you’ve preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices—they also corrupt.
29-30 “Let’s not pretend this is easier than it really is. If you want to live a morally pure life, here’s what you have to do: You have to blind your right eye the moment you catch it in a lustful leer. You have to choose to live one-eyed or else be dumped on a moral trash pile. And you have to chop off your right hand the moment you notice it raised threateningly. Better a bloody stump than your entire being discarded for good in the dump.
He linked to Paul in Philippians 4:8
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.
His point was that in a hyper-sexualised technological culture, we need to make good choices on what to put in our brains.
So, on that theme, don’t risk degrading yourself by watching Trump’s video, spend 18 minutes or so watching this one. In the first you will only encounter the spirit of the world; in the the second you will encounter the Spirit of God.
My wife and I watched it the other day. After spendng 18 minutes in this man’s company (and his wife’s) we felt refreshed, hopeful and joyful. For we were in the presence of love, respect, humility, kindness, gentleness and yes beauty – both the physical place and the people.
The video is directed by Greg Fromholz who lives in Dublin and was made by Tiny Ark a Dublin company which make beautiful films. The Bible quotes above are from The Message.