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Sin and the City
We live in a fallen world where nothing is perfect
We glorify ourselves, our bodies and focus on self-love, selfish gain and quite frankly a vast number of selfies. An exaggerated love of self has blurred the lines between worth, dignity, and adequacy. This has resulted in pride being the basis of our actions. One sin that so easily traps a lot of our generation is sexual sin. This topic used to be a taboo to speak about. Parents would either gloss over it, or let the school do the talking on sexual education. This has resulted in a rather twisted view of what sex actually is.
The world teaches that sex is to be enjoyed whenever it pleases oneself. It suggests methods like Steve Harvey’s “90-day rule” as the best form of ‘abstinence’. This rule suggests one waits 90 days before giving themselves away to their partner [insert eye-roll emoji here]
God is very clear on how we should treat sex and our bodies
There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, “The two become one.” Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever—the kind of sex that can never “become one.” There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others.
In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for “becoming one” with another. Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body. 1 Corinthians 6:16-18 MSG
Sex and sin don’t just happen
It begins with a series of choices made internally. Jesus expresses the severity of this and any other sin by encouraging us to deal with it uncompromisingly.
But don’t think you’ve preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices—they also corrupt.“Let’s not pretend this is easier than it really is. If you want to live a morally pure life, here’s what you have to do: You have to blind your right eye the moment you catch it in a lustful leer. You have to choose to live one-eyed or else be dumped on a moral trash pile. And you have to chop off your right hand the moment you notice it raised threateningly. Better a bloody stump than your entire being discarded for good in the dump. Matthew 5:28-30 MSG
In the heart is where we find the roots of sexual sin and any other sin. We shouldn’t take it lightly. We have to deal with sin severely. Practically this means, if there is a show, book, song, picture or even person that causes you to sin, you should distance yourself with urgency. This is because your life is on the line. God has all the best interests at heart for us. He only has good plans for us.
It’s for our own good
You can trust that when God tells us to abstain or cut off, it’s for our own good.
While all sin separates us equally from God the Father, sexual sin takes things a step further by separating us from humanity and dignity toward our own bodies too…Sexual immorality unlocks the gates of our own fortress and freely allows plunderers and thieves in to take what is not theirs to own. And for those reasons, sexual immorality deeply grieves God’s heart. Mo Isom
No parent would be happy to watch their child tear themselves apart in any way. Much the same with God. He cares for us even more than any parent ever would. Sex is a sacred form of worship to Him that brings two people together in the most intimate way. When did we forget the words of who we serve? Why are we selective with what God allows or does not allow? When did the meaning of love change? We must continue fighting the good fight when it comes to our relationship with God and deal with whatever sin is holding us captive.