Commending sexual purity to our children.

Commending sexual purity to our children.

Proverb 5:18–20 - “Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love. Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?”

Last month I read yet another report on how culture is being influenced by pornography. That last sentence is just too vague. It was a report about how our sons’ and daughters’ views about physical intimacy are being hijacked, developed and shaped by the digital content they are consuming at a voracious rate and at an increasingly earlier age. Pornographic content is not only readily accessible on the internet via mobile devices, but is voyeuristically displayed on social media ads, during sporting events, award ceremonies and within mainstream movies. I don’t think I need to list any specific move titles or actors. I assume most people can readily rattle off a number of examples of such spiritually and relationally dangerous content.

As much as the recent report broke my heart as I read the first-person interviews of confused and hurting teenagers, I chose to do something other than bemoan the woes of the culture I find myself in and instead asked myself anew, “What does God call me to do about this?”

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When was your last update?

Pro. 10:17 - "Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray" (ESV).

Yesterday I was driving around Hendricks County on the west side of Indianapolis, using a GPS unit for directions.  The GPS told me I would be able to take my current road all the way back to my neighborhood.  Suddenly, the road I was on did not match my GPS screen!  The GPS showed a gray road heading straight ahead, but what I saw in front of me was open field with the road ending in a T.  I had to turn right or left or turn around.  We ended up going right and taking a detour before getting back on our original road.  The experience prompted a discussion about map updates for GPS units, their cost, their size, their inconvenience and whether or not they were worth it.

In Pro. 10:17, we could be compared to GPS units needing updates!  If we are receptive to correction and instruction, we stay on the road leading to life.  On the other hand, if we never accept correction and refuse instruction we not only get lost ourselves, we mislead others.

It can be costly and inconvenient to respond to correction in a godly way, but consider the alternative!  It will cost us inestimably more and harm us worse if we choose to refuse Godly guidance and continue in a direction away from God and his will.  The momentary discomfort experienced from receiving correction can't be compared to being lost for forever!  Beyond that, think about the others we will influence with inaccurate information.  Not only will we get lost, but everyone who follows our lead will also wander aimlessly.

So the question is, when was the last time you "updated?"  When was the last time you received correction in a godly way and by your example encouraged others to do the same?

Jeremy Dehut

(Originally posted 6/16/09)

 

Am I teachable?

Pro. 5:12-14"How I hated discipline and my heart despised reproof!  I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors. I am at the brink of utter ruin in the assembled congregation" (ESV).

What a sad documentary of someone's life! These verses in Proverbs 5 come after Solomon warned his son about the dangers of adultery. The conclusion of the warning was this; if the son failed to heed his father's advice, he would begin to suffer the consequences of his folly and realize that his sin didn't begin when he followed the adulteress home, but when he chose to refuse his father's Godly counsel!

There is such a temptation to believe that I can "do it my way", or "go it alone." The truth is that God has blessed most Christians with other saints who have experienced life ahead of them and have wisdom to share both from their successes and failures. Even if we aren't surrounded by such saints, we have the Spirit-guided word that reveals God's wisdom and instruction. The question is, do we seek genuine instruction or simply validation?

Only our responses to life will reveal the answer to that question. In the young man's case, only if he chose to ignore wanton women would he demonstrate he was teachable. On the other hand if he chose to follow them, then his unteachable heart and the consequences of his folly would be publicly revealed to "the assembled congregation."

May we all develop malleable, teachable hearts; hearts that will heed discipline and reproof! May we seek out teachers and instructors to guide and direct us!  Let's start with God and his word!

Jeremy Dehut

(Originally posted on 4/20/09)