…by Kevin McHugh
First of all, I think it is great that we go to a church like Suncrest that doesn’t avoid sensitive topics like sexuality; a church that provides tools and ideas to keep us on the right path rather than simply telling us or yelling at us to “do this” or “don’t do that.”
As I sit here and write this reflection, several things come to mind that struck me from Sunday’s message. The first one has to do with the devastation that comes from a fall in this area. With other disasters there can be eventual recovery. We can get our feet back on the ground after most bad events if we take the correct action and work hard at it, but in the area of our sexual behavior, some events are just not recoverable from – can’t we all think of someone we know whose life is changed forever because of a terrible fall involving sex? And when it happens to people in public life and in certain professions then the story makes the news. Think of the celebrities, sports figures, teachers, pastors, and politicians whose lives are irretrievably damaged because of their mistakes and then we read about it in the news. “Culture baits us to the edge and then mocks us when we step over.”
Speaking of culture, Sunday’s message got me to thinking about how sexuality is everywhere in our world and it only seems to be increasing. After all, they say that “sex sells” which results in sexual imagery all over TV, magazines, movies, websites, billboards, you name it. I was watching a football game the other day, and of course there was the obligatory shot of the cheerleaders. I was a little shocked how brief the uniforms were especially considering this was a college game. Gosh I hope I am not sounding like a rambling old prude here, because I’m not – I have weaknesses in this area just like most guys and I need some stronger guardrails.
Finally, it was insightful to think about how The Apostle Paul messaged this topic to the Corinthians. He told them to FLEE sexual immorality. He did not say put up a strong defense, or develop willpower, or be strong, or anything like that; he told them to run away from it, to get the heck out of there. This is a great teaching to us that is in our Word from God because He knows how strong sexual temptation can be, and guess what, the devil knows it too. So let’s not consider ourselves immune in this area of our life and let’s not consider ourselves stronger than we ought to. Remember the other week when we looked at Proverbs 16:17-18:
The highway of the upright avoids evil;
he who guards his way guards his life.
Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.
We need guardrails in many areas of life and we can certainly use them in matters of sexuality. Something that triggers us, something that personally bothers us before we are in the danger zone. We were given some great ideas in church on Sunday so I encourage everyone reading this to implement them or come up with meaningful ones of your own.