Readings Proverbs 7
This kind of sign usually gets our attention! There are many more subtle signs that we need to be aware of. Who are you talking with, texting with, “chatting with”? Who are you looking at, whether in print, or in real life? Where is your mind spending it’s time? There is a lot more danger out there than is in some bottle that is poisonous!
“It’s not in my job description.” “I don’t do windows!” “It was that way when we got here.” “I think so and so is going to be doing that.” “I have never done that before.” “John has been trained for that.” “I really do not have the time.” “I don’t have the right clothes on.” “What if we do not do it right?” “I just can’t get involved, it will take too much of my time.”
Can you come up with anymore excuses for not getting involved in something? I am sure there are a multitude more of excuses and some much more legitimate than others. But are there truly legitimate excuses when it comes to warning people of potential danger? Is it ever not in my “job description” to ignore speaking out, when someone is about to fall into a trap? Someone may say, “Well, I do not know them well enough.” Maybe we should all be reminded of the story of the Good Samaritan and consider who our neighbor is. Our neighbors are not just the people living next door. (Not that I do enough there at all.)
Look at Proverbs 7 today. It is clear that the author of these Proverbs realizes the danger of sexual sin, of adultery. What really hit me today was the need to be more aggressive in our warnings, to be more proactive rather than cleaning up the mess afterwards. Listen to these words of an observer of a young person:
Proverbs 7:6-8 (NASB95)
6 For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice,
7 And I saw among the naive, And discerned among the youths A young man lacking sense,
8 Passing through the street near her corner; And he takes the way to her house,
The passage goes on to describe the woman that attracts this young man, and he “buys” her story.
Proverbs 7:21-23 (NASB95)
21 With her many persuasions she entices him; With her flattering lips she seduces him.
22 Suddenly he follows her As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,
23 Until an arrow pierces through his liver; As a bird hastens to the snare, So he does not know that it will cost him his life.
Are we to continue to stand by and watch this happen to our young people, to the men and women around us? This is not just a man thing. Two days ago, I mentioned how pornography is so rampant. That pornography is drawing so many into committing adultery in their hearts, and I believe it is leading into all kinds of public sin, and sin in the privacy of so many homes. Child abuse is happening at an alarming rate, as is other sexual abuse and sin at so many different levels. Soft pornography as some call it, is not so soft. The trap has been set, and the draw for more and more has begun.
- Accountability is huge, before God first, and then before others, maybe a wife or husband, maybe a brother in Christ if you are a man, or a sister in Christ if you are a woman.
But then, what about that young person you see “passing through the street near her corner”? This includes young women that are not being careful. What about the one spending time on the internet, or has other “options” available? I pray that you and I will not just watch through the “lattice” anymore. Let’s get outside our house and lovingly warn of the danger. But make sure you are clear of the trap already.’
Proverbs 7:24-27 (NASB95)
24 Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, And pay attention to the words of my mouth.
25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths.
26 For many are the victims she has cast down, And numerous are all her slain.
27 Her house is the way to Sheol, Descending to the chambers of death.
Are any of you straying from the path? Please stop and listen!
For those of you in the Fremont, MI area, I will be showing a DVD soon, that deals frankly with the issue of pornography and sexual sin. Tell you what, Let’s set the time and date right now. For men, it will be June 6, 2009 at 7:30 AM at Grace Community Church in Fremont. It will be from the DVD “Trapped” , “Finding Freedom From Pornography” Whether you have never been involved or not, I believe it will be worth your time. I will keep reminding you of the date, but please make plans to attend. I also am checking out some other resources that may be very profitable for us to fight this battle, and to hopefully help others from being hurt.
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