All of us, at one time or another, had someone try to ‘suck us into sin’… something wrong, improper, unethical….or dishonorable. It all started when satan successfully tempted Eve… then Adam. We humans are an extension of that ‘first deception.’
Come on Eve… God didn’t really mean for you not to eat that fruit. When you eat ‘that fruit’ it will make you ‘smarter than god himself.’ Eve fell for it… with little resistance. And Adam… even less.
Most sin is pretty alluring. I know… I’m walking on a bit of quick sand when I venture into this subject… but just think….When a women advertises her body… she’s inviting trouble. And men… I’m not letting you off the hook… either. When men dress in such ‘tight-fitting’ clothing… that leaves little to the imagination… they, too… are inviting trouble. Sure… Dress comfortable… but ‘not ready for Teddy.’
Some of our churches are saying…. ‘Come as you are.’ Meaning… dress ‘however you want.’ Now, we see the young ones walking into church dressed like they just came in from a ‘beach party’… with dresses ‘so short’ that it appears that they have shorts on. And some of the ‘preachers’… they too, are dressing inappropriately. Too often… it doesn’t even feel like we’re in church.
Sin is everywhere. Take the television… such verbal/viewer… trash. We ‘so called’ Christians …are sitting home … allowing…and for some… enjoying; sanctioning; encouraging (by watching) these obscene … sexually explicit shows to come into our households. We are being ‘sucked in’…being deceived… by FOLLYWOOD… the MEDIA… even by CONGRESS. If you encountered the recent congressional hearings… you got an ‘ear-full’ …of TRASH.
From the corner gas station to the halls of congress… “Anything goes.”
Deception is everywhere…. our (prayer-less) schools; playgrounds; sporting events; sports-bars; restaurants; the workplace; church… and even our homes. Is there ‘no safe place?’ God’s greatest commandment is falling on deaf ears… Love God above all things; and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
We can take ‘all the tax dollars’ known to mankind… and it will not CORRECT our problem. That process starts ‘at home.’ What are we teaching our children? What kind of examples are we setting for them? My stepfather always told me… “You can always judge a man by how he treats his wife… and his mother-in-law.” Today… our children do not treat their own mothers (much less their wives) with love and respect. Could it be…because they see their father treating them ‘like dirt?’
We cannot, and should not… expect the ‘over-worked, and under-paid’ teachers to ‘teach our children’… what they should be learning at home.
What does the Bible say? In Proverbs 22:6 ….Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Deuteronomy 6:5-9… Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words that I give you today. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up.
Discipline is a form of teaching our children.
What does the Bible teach about tough love? Tough love as taking a hard-line approach to discipline by refusing to enable harmful behavior. In Proverbs 23:13-14, it says… Do not hesitate to discipline a child. If you spank him, he will not die. Spank him yourself, and you will save his soul from hell.
Tough love is… speaking the … truth, but in terms of love (Ephesians 4:15)… which, includes our actions as well as our words. Author Warren Wiersbe, says… “Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.”
Sure… it’s tough love when a parent chooses not to rescue a child from harmful consequences. With God’s wisdom… proper discipline can help train a child in the ways of God… and eventually, it will lead to happier times (Proverbs 22:6; Hebrews 12:11). We discipline children because we care for them and want to equip them for life as an adult… and, of love.
Tough love is found in adult relationships, family environments, and the work place. When King David committed adultery and had Bathsheba’s husband killed, the prophet Nathan confronted him (2 Samuel 12). Nathan spoke the truth to David …such that David became immediately repentant. This was… tough love. If we try to correct others without the element of love… we are simply being judgmental (Matthew 7:1–5), but doing so in love, then… we are fulfilling our Christian duty (1 Timothy 5:1–2).
As a society, and as a world… seemingly, we ‘lack love.’ As the saying goes…. What’s in your wallet?
Blessings to all… as we seek God’s will…. Cjlb… 10/16/2018.