This video is disturbing. If it is not disturbing to you, then I suggest that you have been conditioned by the culture we live in to accept this as normal.
We live in a sexualized world. We are bombarded with it. Sex sells. Sex that sells is cheap sex, ugly sex.
This is not who we were meant to be. Our mothers, wives and daughters are not intended to be the objects of every man’s sexual desire. Our aunts, sisters and nieces are not meant to be objectified by the sexual lusts of strangers.
We live in a deeply disturbed world.
We should be disturbed by the fact that the immediate, visceral unfiltered reaction of so many men was to objectify this woman and openly lust after her.
There is no other word for it but ugly.
The outward actions expose dark hearts.
Most darkness we do not see in this outward, open form.
How would jealousy look if we could see it acted out on the streets of New York or the neighborhoods in which we live? We do not often get to see it exposes like this video. We see read about it in the paper – “man kills his wife, then himself”.
We see sexual immorality in the prostitutes that walk in places we would not be caught in the daylight, but the real darkness is in the hearts of the men who prey on them.
We do not think about it that way as we watch pornography on the computer? How many of those women decided as little girls to become an objectified piece of sexual meat?
How many of those women are chained to their exploiters by addictions they cannot feed by themselves? How many victims of human trafficking are help captive to the unquenchable sex industry that is fed by millions of white guys in suburban homes who become trapped in the pit as surely as the victims they cannot help but watch?
How dark is the greedy heart that makes a living on the suffering, degradation and dehumanization of women, even children, as sex objects?
This video shows that same darkness resides in those around us who have learned to see woman as objects of lust, even if they are not pimps.
But, don’t be so quick to judge and get self-righteous…. what if someone had a video of every unkind, hurtful thing you have ever done?
What if a video played in Time Square showing every time you took something that was not yours, some thing you did not earn, just a bit more than your share because you thought no one was looking?
Even worse, what if all your hateful, spiteful, petty and mean thoughts were projected out on a screen with a loudspeaker for the world to hear?
Ugliness starts in the heart where no one is looking. Ugliness stays hidden because it hates exposure. Ugliness comes in many forms, and they are all dark.
There is only one cure for the ugliness, the darkness that lies hidden in our hearts.
If you see darkness in your heart, confess it; expose it to the light. “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light….” (John 3:20-21). Your fear that keeps you from revealing the sin that is in your heart will trap you and keep you from God. There is redemption in the light.
Acknowledging the darkness that is within is the beginning of redemption and forgiveness and freedom from that sin that has taken root and holds you in its tentacles.(Psalm 32:1-5)
Recognize the ugliness for what it is and take a step toward God. He already knows your heart. He knew it when he died on the cross for those sins. (Colossians 2:13) There is no where you can hide from God. (Psalm 139:7-8)
Since He knows you already, stop trying to hide and face God today.
“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9)
Then give yourself to God.
“[I]f you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.…” (Romans 10:9)
Let Him in to your heart. Only He can change it.
“I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you….” (Ezekiel 36:36)