Saturday, March 28, 2015

Knock, knock. Who's there? A Lion waiting to devour you and destroy your family.

I don't enjoy writing about such an unsavory topic, but I see around me that the church has failed to "master this sin" as it should (Genesis 4:7).  God doesn't beat around the bush when it comes to sin.  He says in 1 Peter 5:8 that sin is a lion prowling around looking for someone to devour.  Sin-specifically adultery, which has the same root as pornography-is repeatedly described in Proverbs as something that seeks to destroy your soul and lead you to death.  Clearly, sin is no laughing matter.  God doesn't wink at sin, and neither should we.  We must be ever vigilant about keeping it out of our lives and out of the lives of people we love.  As women, the home is our domain-our jurisdiction.  It is usually the woman of the house who opens the door to visitors.  Are we carelessly letting dangerous lions into our homes?  We must guard against letting sin in.  There are many practical ways to do this, and there are great Christian resources to be found, but first we need to understand the gravity of the problem, and the great influence we can have to determine how big the problem grows, or even if the problem will ever exist for us.  We must always start with ourselves, weeding the sin out of our own lives, and then we can focus on our homes and families.  We need to talk to them.  Paul says in Ephesians 5 that Christians shouldn't even be talking about the sin that goes on in the world, but when that sin invades the church, it needs to be addressed.  This sin of pornography is so secret and subtle, but there is no denying that it is here-all around us, even in the church.  The beginning point is to prevent sin through prayer.  In the Lord's prayer, Jesus instructs us to ask God to deliver us from temptation.  That is, we don't wait until there is evidence of sin in our lives or others' lives; we pray that we will be spared from even the temptation.  As in all areas of life, our first line of defense must be prayer.  Pray for yourself and your family, and pray for your church and church leaders.

2 comments:

Marie said...

Good reminder!

The White Wave said...

Vigilance always.