The Bible, The Telegraph and the Cannes Film Festival – they’re all grim!

2 Samuel 13:14 But he refused to listen to her, and since he was stronger than she, he raped her.

I’ve been saddened and disgusted by reading the Bible recently.

We’re preaching through 2 Samuel and we’ve hit King David’s adultery with Bathsheba. He then murders her husband to try and cover it up. This is followed by David’s son Amnon raping his half-sister Tamar, before being murdered by her brother Absalom. It’s grim. There’s no pleasure in preaching it.

I had much the same feeling reading my newspaper on Saturday. It wasn’t that every story contained sex or violence. It was the reality of life in a world that has rejected God was written large on every page. And what was very clear is that even one the country’s most morally conservative newspapers had no problem with most of this.

The saddest story was reporting on the Cannes Film Festival. It majored on the film The Neon Demon. which had scenes including murder, cannibalism and lesbian necrophilia. Thankfully this is still regarded as shocking!

And this is why the Bible is such a relevant book. It tells us of humanity as we really are. That’s why we need to keep preaching all scripture and not missing out the grim bits. Because only when we see how grim life is without God, will we see how desperately we and the world need our Saviour, the Lord Jesus.