While channel surfing this morning, I came across West Wing (which I have never watched) and saw the character that Martin Sheen plays (the president?) in a church having a controlled but nasty rant against God. He was speaking in both English and Latin. I don’t know what he said in Latin, but he did get to the point where he called God a name in English. It wasn’t a cuss word and I really didn’t recognize the word, meaning it’s not in my vocabulary. But the way he said it was nasty. He talked to God as if he were talking to the boss of a big company that he was mad at, like he was going to show him who’s boss. He kept walking up further, but they didn’t show an alter or cross. When he got up to the front of the church, he threw his cigarette on the floor and then ground it in with his shoe. In a way, it seemed like spitting.
First, has anyone else heard of this and what do you think of it? Second, when actors agree to do scenes like this does God understand it to be playacting or does the actor have this on his soul? Last question, if someone were to watch this on purpose and enjoy it, does that hurt their soul and relationship with God. For my part, I feel that I came upon it by accident and was both intrigued and repulsed by it. So I don’t think it was sinful on my part. It was disheartening. I always enjoyed watching Martin Sheen perform until I saw this.