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Confronting obscenity

From the January 15, 2018 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


When I was in graduate school, I was awakened one night by a phone call. When I picked up the phone, a man began telling me things he was going to do to me sexually, and it really frightened me. I had never heard that kind of talk before, and to be awakened in the middle of the night by such obscene language made it seem overpowering. I immediately hung up the phone and began to pray.

As I became still, the following passages from my favorite psalm came to my thought: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear…. Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:1, 2, 10). These passages reminded me that I could silence fear by knowing that divine Love surrounds and protects me every moment.

I found these words very comforting, and I began thinking of God as infinite, divine, ever-present, and all-powerful Love. Since divine Love is All-in-all, then even this man who had called me had to be embraced in God’s tender care and governed by God’s law. His behavior was not true to what he really was, and it had no power to control him. The Bible says in Genesis, chapter 1, that man, male and female, is the image and likeness of God, Spirit; so, I reasoned that it was natural for this man to express spiritual purity and goodness.

I realized I had been caught off guard by the suddenness of a call in the dark. I determined I would not be caught off guard ever again. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, wrote in her textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle,—is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal” (p. 306). I realized I too could be “undisturbed” in the face of a lie about God’s man.

A few weeks later I was again awakened in the middle of the night by the same obscene phone caller, but this time, when he began telling me what he was going to do to me, I calmly interrupted him and said: “No, that is not who you are. You are the man of God’s creating. You are not controlled by sensuality or hate, but by God’s pure love. He made you to be good, loving, and spiritually minded, and it is natural for you to love and respect the woman of God’s creating.” The man was silent the whole time I was speaking and stayed on the phone listening. I ended the call suggesting he go to God in prayer to learn more about his true, spiritual nature, and then I hung up. That was the last time I ever had an obscene phone call. 

I’m so grateful for this pure, spiritual concept of man given to us in the Bible and explained in Christian Science, because it enables us to see all mankind as governed by divine Love, and it brings us a sense of peace that can never be disturbed!

Christine Jenks Driessen 
New York, New York, US

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