I’m thinking of the hearings regarding the Supreme Court nominee… and how appropriate this scripture might be. Seemingly, to me, it DEFEATS all that St. Paul warns us against in his letter to the Ephesians… What do you think?
Ephesians 5:1-9 …Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God, Let no one (such as satan’s helpers) deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.
We have ourselves to thank for the ‘current state of affairs’ in our nation. We are ‘caught up’ in the Folly-wood culture, which is…. Anything goes. It’s all about ME. We are flirting with the devil… and it is going to come back and haunt us. We will ‘pay the piper.’
God introduced the ‘wonder of sex’… to us, in Genesis 1:27-28…So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
This is very clear… ‘He created them; male and female.’ There can be ‘no procreation’ between two men, or two women, a man and a horse… etc. God created us… all of us… for His own Glory, and… so that we might procreate… to spread the human race.
Further… in Genesis 2:24-25, it says… That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
Who is the AUTHORITY of sexuality? God… or, man? The enemy of God… is SIN. Sin is satan! Do we want the short-term thrill of sin… or the long term (eternity) of God’s LOVE? Jesus Christ is the product of God’s LOVE for us. We share in ‘that love,’ by loving our neighbor as our self; and… by putting no god (idol) ahead of Our Lord God, Jesus Christ. When we put ‘sex outside of marriage’ ahead of God… sex, then, becomes ‘our Idol’… not God.
When ‘the serpent’ (satan) snared Eve, then Adam… fell for the ‘fake news,’ that… “You certainly will NOT die!” … “No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it… your eyes will be opened and you will be ‘like gods’ who know what is good and what is bad.” When God asked Adam why he had eaten the forbidden fruit… he answered: “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.” The rest is history. From dust we came, and dust we will return. We all shall die.
While we abandoned God… God did not abandon us. In Luke 5:30-31…But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
But all is not lost, because…. If we believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins… arose from the dead… and repent for our SINS… then we, my friends… will have ‘life everlasting with Jesus Christ, the Lord God’ …. For all of eternity. The CHOICE is ours. God, or satan.
So… how does all of this apply to you and me… the modern day “men of the world?” We all know when we are doing… good or bad things. We know… immediately if we have sinned against the will of God. Heed the warning, and have life ever-lasting we Jesus Christ… or disobey (continue to eat of the forbidden fruit)… and spend eternity with satan.
Husbands… LOVE your wives. Wives… LOVE your husbands.
Many blessings as we all ‘seek the will of God’ in our lives…. Cjlb… 9/25/2018