A few weeks ago a young woman pranced across the stage of an awards show scantily dressed to sing her song and dance in a very sexually suggestive manner. She became the talk of the ‘town’, or rather the whole country, and accomplished her goal- the see her record sales soar. How sad…
I scanned facebook posts earlier this morning and saw a status by Mandisa (one of my fav Christian artists). She was bothered by the number of teen girls on the talent show The X Factor who bounced around on stage like sex objects. Why do they do it? Because our culture tells us that sex sells. How sad…
Sunday night our youth lesson came from James 4 where he wrote that to be a friend of the world is to hate God. We also jumped to Matthew 6 to read the verse about how we cannot serve 2 masters. We will either hate one and love the other or be devoted to one and despise the other- Jesus’ words during the Sermon on the Mount. We went on to discuss how the world and God tell us to do different things that conflict with each other so we have to make a choice- the world or God. There is no walking the line or straddling the fence.
One such specific area of conflict is sex. The world says it is acceptable and desirable any time, any place and with anybody. God says it is acceptable and desirable in marriage. Paul tells us that the sexual immoral, adulterers, and prostitutes (plus a few other descriptive lifestyles) will not be a part of the kingdom of God. Maybe some would say that is harsh but it really is more about grace. Grace because heaven will be filled with formal immoral people washed of their sins by the love and blood of Jesus. But once washed, we have a choice to make- whom will we serve or follow. Check out the ending verses of that chapter…
“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefor honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
How can I honor God with my body? I can choose to have sex within the context in which God designed it- marriage. I can choose to dress modestly and dance in ways that are not sexually suggestive. I can eat health, exercise, and make choices to care for this earthly shell that houses the very Spirit of the Living God.
Let me end by sharing another part of Mandisa’s morning post- a link to the “I am second” video by Moriah Peters. I pulled it up and watched it before I began my devotions and then I read chapter 6 and was amazed once again at God’s timing! Moriah is a beautiful young woman who moved up through the first few levels of American Idol. The greatest criticism the celebrity judges had for her were unrelated to her musical talents. They took in the fact that she taught a Bible study and was committed to being sexually pure until marriage to the point that she wanted her first kiss to be on her wedding day and they ridiculed her. They let her go and told her to stop trying to be so perfect, to go out and live a little, kiss someone so she could feel sexier. Talk about a great example of the world coming into conflict with God’s ways! Below is the link- every teen (girls & guys) should watch it and see that there are people who are committed to following God’s ways. The media and musical industry would have our youth believe everybody’s ‘doing it’ but NO they are NOT!
Lord, even for us older, married people, the reminder is needed to honor you with our bodies (where we go, what we do, how we act). But, Lord, I pray that you strengthen our teens who feel such pressure from the culture. Let them know they are not alone. When Elijah was running from Jezebel, he cried out to you that he was the only one left who was following you but you reminded him that you had others who had not bowed the knee to worthless idols. Our Christian teens need to know they are not alone in the fight to be friends with you and not the world. Amen!
Link to: I am second by Moriah Peters