Posted by George Morrison

“A powerful one-off drama for BBC One, Fiona’s Story is a tale of trust, betrayal and the breakdown of a marriage.” This sentence taken from the “Press Pack” of last evenings TV production did little to prepare you for the terse drama which was to follow. Gina McKee stars as Fiona Mortimer, a woman who fights to hold her family together after her husband Simon, played by Jeremy Northam, is accused of downloading images of child sexual abuse from the Internet. Faced with public exposure, a court case and possible imprisonment, Simon admits to his wife that he “touched” their daughters and later appears to attempt suicide. Fiona’s struggle to protect the family, encourage her husband and find money to pay the bills is only the beginning of her troubles. It soon becomes apparent that Simon is living in denial and these feelings are shared by his father – “its only pictures”. Simon’s ability to hairbrush any initial guilt from his mind increased as the date for his trial is repeatedly postponed. His mother’s dismissal of the problem “men have these mid-life crises” leaves Fiona without anyone she can confide in and her plea that these images are real children, falls on deaf ears. Part of Simon’s defence is the proliferation of sexually charged images that bombard the eyes daily had desensitised him to the danger of becoming addicted. However instead of recognising the mess he is in he aggressively attacks Fiona for shielding the girls from him. The drama is played out to a finely crafted conclusion when the law case is dropped (Simon had been able to delete the most incriminating images from his computer) but Fiona left him in no doubt that he knows what he has done and she also knows. The listener is left with the hope that somehow the enormity of his guilt will dawn upon him and issue forth in repentance. Jesus may not have had access to TV or a computer but he did know how fallible we are and made himself clear that we need to separate from the sin even if the separation is as painful as losing life or limb: “if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where “‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ St Matthew Chapter 18 verses 6/9. Pornography is the snake in the grass of modern man. It goes largely unseen but has a poisonous bite which unless treated can be fatal. The treatment? Repent and place your life in Jesus’s hands. Pray that you will not enter temptation or, if already bitten, that Jesus may rescue you from this most destructive of addictions.