Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
Celebrity Poison (Part 5) Warning: Mature Content
With her enticing speech she caused him to yield,
With her flattering lips she seduced him.
Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter,
Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks,
Till an arrow struck his liver.
As a bird hastens to the snare,
He did not know it would cost his life.
Proverbs 7:21-23 (NKJV)
I have a problem with the word, s_x. For hundreds of years, it meant gender. I'm good with that. But today, it usually means fornication: 'voluntary s_xual intercourse between two unmarried persons' (Random House Dictionary).
God warns us against s_xual immorality, so I believe the enemy connived a word switch--to help even Christians forget it. Instead of committing fornication, we are enjoying s_x. Instead of being 'fornicators' and 'adulterers,' we are now 'consenting adults' and 's_xually active teens.'
Maybe we won't connect God's punishments with our promiscuous behaviors.
Consider these statistics: over 1.2 million abortions are performed in the U.S. every year. 43% of aborting mothers claimed they were Protestant, 27% Catholic and 13% born-again believers. Could 83% of abortions be among self-professed Christians?
Over 65 million Americans have STDs, including one in four teens.* STDs, abortions, depression, suicide, the subjugation of women and an increase in human trafficking result from the promotion of promiscuity. What the media calls 'fun' I call a disaster waiting to happen. But the waiting period is over.
What's the antidote for promiscuity?
In one word: purity. In one action: flee. 'Flee immorality' (1 Corinthians 6:18). 'Flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness' (2 Timothy 2:22). 'Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled' (Hebrews 13:4).
But what if you gave up your innocence in ignorance? Reclaim it. 'If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new' (2 Corinthians 5:17). Including you. In Christ, you are pure.
Nevertheless and all the more, take a stand against promiscuity. Give girls and boys a better example to follow.
To Be Continued...
*STDs are sexually transmitted diseases, including syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV and AIDS. Some of these diseases are curable. Others are not.
*Stats on abortion: http://www.womenscenter.com/abortion_stats.html
*Stats on STDs: http://www.ashastd.org/std-sti/std-statistics.html
*Stats on teen promiscuity: http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/sexualbehaviors
*Stats on s_xual content on TV: http://www.kff.org/entmedia/entmedia110905nr.cfm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Celebrity Poison series.