In the movie “The Color Purple” there is a character named “Sug Avery.” She grew up in preacher’s home; but fell into deep sin. She was the same kind of sinner as the woman in our text. Early in the movie we see her father rejecting her because that sin. He won’t even speak to her. Sug longs for his approval but she can’t pull herself out of the bondage. Her poor dad does not really know how to reach her. His legalistic approach has not worked. We see a lot of pain in Sug Avery and in her dad.
I’m going to close with a six-minute clip from that movie.
The scene opens in a field of purple lilacs. Sug is telling Celie (played by Woppie Goldberg) what motivates people to do the things they do. Pay close attention to what Sug is saying at the beginning of the clip.
The scene changes to a bar where Sug is the entertainer. Its Sunday morning, the bar is only a couple hundred feet from church where Sug grew up. You will see her dad, the preacher, conclude his sermon.
Look for that moment when God grants Sug repentance like woman well. Let’s watch.
 The clip begins toward end of the movie in the middle of Sug and Celie’s walk thru the purple field of flowers and ends right after Sug says to her father, “See, Daddy, even sinners have souls too.”
 The movie clip was shown at this point.
Related Sermon Illustrations
Contributed by Vanita George on Apr 20, 2005
I’d like to finish by reading this little excerpt I picked from TD Jakes’ book called “God’s Leading Ladies” and it goes as below:- To become a leading lady, you must raise the curtain and step forward. You must extend yourself beyond the self-imposed limits, external pressures, and patriarchal ...read more
Contributed by Ervin Kimrey on May 21, 2005
NEVER REALLY CONNECTED One night I saw my 7 year old daughter walking around with a cell phone. She was talking away. She would ask questions, wait for a reply, and give answers to apparent questions: "Yes...no...maybe...I’ll have to check on that..." and so on. Finally, worried about the bill ...read more
Contributed by Kenneth Squires on Jul 20, 2004
John Wesley provides the most convicting analysis on what it means to be a true servant: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.” Rick ...read more
Contributed by Peter Schmidt on Nov 13, 2003
And starting today, you are beginning to turn into adults. While your parents still are going to make a lot of choices for you, you are just beginning that Phase where you begin to make some life-changing decisions. You will learn that mom and dad won’t always be there to tell you what to do. I’m ...read more
Contributed by Davon Huss on Oct 21, 2004
The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a winkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire ...read more