Has anyone else noticed that there are more and more movies where the sole purpose of the film seems to be to portray as many sexual scenes as possible? Two such movies that come to mind are Friends With Benefits and No Strings Attached, although I could have chosen from a large variety of others.
Even though I have not seen either movie and have absolutely no intentions of doing so because of their sexual content, I have seen their trailers on TV and they are disgusting, bordering in many ways on pornographic.
It seems that the days are gone when you could watch a TV program in the evening and not be bombarded by the gratuitous sex that is portrayed on the screen. Many times, the programs involve nothing more than a thinly disguised plot for the glorification of immoral sexual relationships with multiple partners, but at least you can make a discerning choice about whether Desperate Housewives is appropriate TV viewing for your family. (Hint, it’s not!)
Commercials, however, are a different story. While I understand that advertisers pay for that commercial time, that should not give them license to indulge in all sorts of sexual innuendo and half dressed men and women to hawk their wares.
But they do anyway, because sex sells. And so we are divided between watching a program that isn’t “too bad” and dealing with the commercials or watching nothing at all.
Most times, we fail to take a stand and exercise our right to just turn it off and find something else to do. Our failure to stand against adultery, fornication and lust only leads us one step closer to acceptance of these sins as “normal” in our culture.
Thankfully, God has not changed His righteous stand on adultery, fornication and lust. All are as wicked today as they were back in Genesis when Lot was living in Sodom or when Paul wrote the first chapter of the Book of Romans.
What has changed, at least from the Christian’s perspective, is how we guard our hearts from the filth that is set before us each and every day. Too many times, we simply don’t. We believe (mistakenly) that we can fill our eyes and ears with every sort of vile sexual perversion that crosses the screen and it won’t affect our heart.
And to an extent that’s true. Because if we are lingering around shows and websites that portray sex as something to be shared between two or more consenting adults (or teenagers), then our hearts have already been corrupted.
What we need is a good cleansing and there is nothing that cleanses us from our sin except the blood of Jesus Christ. No amount of willpower can ever turn our eyes from the sin of sex without the power of the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
1 Corinthians 6:18 – Flee from sexual immorality.
Romans 1:24-25 – Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 – Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
God’s Word is strong against sexual immorality, but He does not leave us without a way out.
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Proverbs 28:13 – Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
I pray that we would each examine ourselves and our practices in the area of guarding our heart from sexual immorality and see where we need to confess and make changes. Discipleship and accountability are two keys to success with guarding our hearts. Let’s use them to our full advantage while relying on the power of the Holy Spirit.