At its core, Lust is treating another human being--another child of God--as though they were merely objects available to satisfy our physical passions. In our contemporary Western culture, Lust is one of the most pervasive and damaging of the Seven Deadly Sins, yet also one of the most complicated to talk about: we make a virtue (and certainly an enormous industry) out of almost unfettered sexual desire, yet we are still loathe to talk about (or admit personally) the damage it does to both personal and community relationships. Furthermore, while the Church would like to hold ourselves up as examples of another way of living, many Christians are just as broken by this sin as the non-Christians around us, and may have an even harder time admitting it on one hand, and welcoming those who continue to struggle against it, on the other. Indeed, we have chosen to present this video about lust anonymously to allow us to explore it freely and directly. The story is a written personal testimony read by a voice actor who does not know the identity of the author.
This video testimony is told as part of “Seven | Finding Freedom from the Darkness Within,” a Lenten sermon series on Pride, Envy, Anger, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony and Lust, known for nearly 1500 year as “the Seven Deadly Sins.” For the sermon, scripture, and other context for this story, please click HERE.