October 16, 2019
October 16, 2019, 2:00 PM

When I was in seminary, in the dark ages of computing and the internet, there was a joke that got played on a lot of unsuspecting Seminary students, me included. Someone somewhere doctored an image and loaded it up with code. When anyone clicked on the image to view it (it was a seascape) it took control of the external speaker volume, turning it all the

way up. Then a sound file would play at the now maxed out volume, and the whole computer lab heard “Hey, I’m looking at porn!” Of course, each of us was obviously embarrassed, and we felt very foolish. The first people that fell for the trick had a much tougher time trying to explain what happened.


Of course, it really wasn’t all that funny, even back then. Now as I sit here, twenty plus years later typing the story out, it’s even less humorous. Even way back then we all knew the dangers of pornography. We all knew how devastating and dehumanizing it was. Many people were beginning to see the effects of online pornography; they were seeing what happened when the sickest things in the world were given free, high speed access into people’s homes.


There are really so many things that are dark, evil and hidden. They do not belong in the home let alone the heart of a follower of Jesus. Pornography, racism, greed, anger…truly the list goes on and on. The key is that if we keep these things in the dark, they thrive. They grow. They get worse. They take over and eventually consume our life. As painful as it may be to bring the things that are killing us into the light, it is the only thing that will destroy them. Light allows those things to die and us to live.


Louis Brandeis, appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1916, wrote that “Sunlight is said to be the best of Disinfectants.” Brandeis was quoting James Bryce, in his 1888 The American Commonwealth. I won’t bore you all with the whole walk back, but it all started in the New Testament. John, in his first letter, teaches us this powerful truth:

5This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” -1 John 1:5-7


Friends, get your stuff into the light. As long as it’s in the dark, it will keep killing you. Get in the light. Get right with Jesus. Get purified. Trust me when I say that there is nothing funny about the stuff we keep in the dark. I know it’s not easy. I know it won’t be fast. I also know that help is available. If you feel alone and in the dark, reach out and ask for help. You don’t have to ask me but ask someone. You don’t have to do this alone.


In God’s Grip,

Pastor Mark

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