Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
Gotcha's Demons: Lewdness & Sexual Immorality
It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 (NIV)
I remain chagrinned by America's supremacy in immorality. As earth's capital of entertainment, the U.S. enjoys a bully pulpit.* Our values are exported to the world in film, fashion, music and theatre. Celebrity endorsements seal the deal. Frenzied fans give their all to copy them.
For the remnant who prefer modesty: those who won't make love outside of marriage, those who refrain from intoxication, those who avert their eyes from temptations, those who place God's Word above social norms... they feel the sting of cultural bias.
Here's the thing: Being considered an expert stylist, living most of my life outside of Christ, knowing precisely what sells in pictures, helping faith-based performers get prepared, witnessing Christian discrimination... consider a few saintly need-to-knows:
1) Jesus said to be as savvy as serpents.
2) Don't wear your faith on your sleeve while you work.
3) You can dress on trend without too much skin.
4) Don't judge or condemn outside behavior.
5) Partiers soon learn their life isn't fun.
6) Embrace your 'good guy' role on every set.
7) One day, rowdy pals will ask your Secret.**
## Gotcha's Demons: Lewdness & Sexual Immorality (Part 31)
* A bully pulpit is a conspicuous position that provides an opportunity to speak out and be listened to. This term was coined by President Theodore Roosevelt, who referred to his office as a 'bully pulpit' - by which he meant a terrific platform from which to advocate an agenda' (Wikipedia definition).
** 'Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the Hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander' (1 Peter 3:15, NIV).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.