In the 1983 film WarGames, Matthew Broderick plays a teenage computer whiz kid who accidentally hacks into U.S. missile defense. Thinking he’s found his way into a computer game company, he’s eager to sample their newest product. He comes across such files as Tic-Tac-Toe, Chess,… and a very intriguing Global Thermonuclear War.
The computer asks: “Do you want to play a game?” And before he knows what’s happening, it locks him out and initiates the countdown to a preemptive nuclear strike.
While the countdown progresses, the kid challenges the computer to a game of Tic-Tac-Toe. Because two evenly matched players can play Tic-Tac-Toe indefinitely and neither of them ever win a game, the computer soon learns the concept of stalemate. It starts looking ahead through all the possible outcomes of a nuclear war and comes to a conclusion.
The only winning move is not to play.
The control room at NORAD breathes a collective sigh of relief, the world is saved, and the delinquent computer genius is celebrated as the hero.
We may think we can play the game of lust and come out a winner but we cannot. There are always consequences for playing this game. Job had taken precautions to protect himself. When it comes to sexual fantasy and lust, the only winning move is not to play.
TODAY’S MEDITATIONHow are you protecting yourself? …your marriage?