Manipulation vs. Integrity: Sunday Night @ The LOFT 2.21.16

THIS IS WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT

OUR CURRENT SERIES: KEEP IT SHORT

This winter we're doing a series based around award-winning short films. Each week we will watch a different short film and then talk about a theological principle related to the movie. Of course movies are more fun with popcorn, candy, and something to drink, so each week we will have some small refreshments to enjoy during the movie with a "candy of the week."

THIS WEEK'S FILM & DISCUSSION: Sight

This week's film was called Sight, and is set in a technological future where everyone has visual implants, kind of like Google Glass, that alter their reality. In the video a guy tries to use his visual implants to manipulate a girl while she is on a date with him. After we watched the video we had a discussion about manipulation and integrity. 

We looked at 1 Kings 21 which is the story of Naboth and his vineyard. Naboth owns a vineyard that is right next to the palace of King Ahab, the king of Israel. Long story short, Ahab wants Naboth's vineyard, Naboth doesn't want to sell it, Ahab and Jezebel manipulate people to have Naboth killed so that they can take the vineyard, God gets made and sends Elijah to tell Ahab that he is going to die because of his evil ways. 

To manipulate someone is to control or influence (a person or situation) cleverly, unfairly, or unscrupulously. The problem with manipulating someone is that we are not being honest and living with integrity when we try to manipulate someone. When we try to manipulate someone we break one of the two base commandments, love your neighbor as yourself. God calls us to live lives of integrity, to be honest in how we conduct ourselves, and to avoid manipulating others.

CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION AT HOME

  • What are some ways kids at school try to manipulate: friends? teachers? parents?
  • How do you feel when someone tries to manipulate you? Why?
  • How does our culture encourage the use of manipulative tactics to achieve our goals and desires?
  • How should we deal with when others try to manipulate us?