Friday, December 5th, 2008
learn by fact, not experience.
i was cutting the grass last tuesday. my house looked like a swamp area. my shrubs looked like they had afros. my two year old josiah dragged his little plastic lawnmower into the yard and was cutting the grass alongside daddy. then he abandoned it to head for the street in front of our house. josiah and i have had the talk. i’ve gotten on a knee, looked him in the eye, pointed to the street and tapped it with my finger. i’ve warned him of the dangers of it. i’ve done that countless number of times. i’ve gently cupped his face in my hands, propped his head in front of mine, told him to look daddy in the eyes, and said, “buddy, never, ever, ever, ever, ever get near this street. it can give you bad, bad boo-boos and hurt you. it will make daddy sad if you get near the street. and daddy will spank you.”
he still didn’t get it though. he didn’t buy into my facts about the danger of the street. so he ventured up to the street and walked alongside it. it’s like he wanted to test what i told him. he wanted to see (experience) for himself. at the same time an suv was driving toward him. christie went running after him. i shut the lawnmower off and began shouting and running after him too. but there was no urgency for him to run. he just looked at us like we were clueless. he wasn’t so sure he bought into the fact that the street could cost him his life.
i think of proverbs 7 which deals with sexual sin. being on the road so much, sexual temptation and opportunites abound. ministers have crashed and burned due to travel temptations. but you don’t have to travel for these opportunities. it lurks in bible studies and church congregations.
Solomon said to the young men (it applies to young women too), ”Listen to me, my sons (and daughters),and pay attention to my words. Don’t let your hearts stray toward her (or him, or porn, or fantasy).Don’t wander down her wayward paths. For she has been the ruin of many; numerous men have been her victims. Her house is the road to the grave. Her bedroom is the den of death.” Proverbs 7:24-27; NLV
Fact:: If you venture into the street of sexual sin you can ruin your life, your mind, your soul. Sexual sin, porn, has been the ruin of many. Few, very few, are the exception. Reality is you won’t be. Sexual sin is the road to the grave. The den of death. These are the facts.
Stay out of the street.