Last Friday night I was watching the Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles wild-card baseball game. The Rangers lost and their season ended. Friday turned into a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
Something unexpected made it worse. During the game a commercial immediately filled our living room with scenes, language, and suggestions of illicit sex. It was an advertisement for ABC’s “666 Park Avenue”.
I was embarrassed because my kids were in the room and frustrated that I didn’t have the remote in my hand to change the channel more quickly.
I’m going to tell you something you already know: Our culture is sliding toward increased immorality.
“We live in the age of freedom of expression and freedom of lifestyle. X-rated movies and magazines are available in every city. Legislation to control pornography has failed in most places. The sexual fiction of yesterday is the reality of today. Magazines displayed in supermarkets present articles featuring unmarried couples living together. Sex manuals advocate extramarital affairs. Fewer and fewer teenagers leave high school as virgins. Prime-time television flaunts homosexuality and infidelity.” – Jerry White (Honesty, Morality, and Conscience)
This struggle is NOT unique to our generation. Jeremiah saw all kinds of horrific sexual and destructive behavior in his nation when he said, “Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush…” -Jer. 6:15
Here’s the deal: You’re not responsible for the pathway the culture chooses. You’re responsible for the pathway YOU choose.
So how do YOU respond in a culture obsessed with sexual immorality?
Don’t allow yourself to be exposed to inappropriate jokes, websites, explicit shows/movies/music.
God is super clear on this issue. “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.” I Cor. 6:18
Your friends are a preview of the future you. (Join a small group, Bible study, find an accountability partner, find a mentor, establish a prayer partner, etc.)
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Prov. 13:20
No one will care about the purity of your home, more than you. No one will care about the health of your marriage, more than you. No one will care about the innocence of your kids, more than you.
Filter your computer. Filter your TV. Filter your tablets and your smartphones.
Be courageous and have frequent and frank conversations with your kids.
I recently talked with a Godly man who shared how he talked with his kids about sex and pornography beginning at a young age.
I respectfully thought, “Umm . . . WHAT?”
He said he gently approached the subject and admitted it was awkward at first. Over time it became less awkward. Eventually, his kids (especially once they became teenagers) talked honestly about their questions and struggles.
Wow! I want to prepare my kids like that.
Remember, you’re not responsible for the pathway the culture chooses. You’re responsible for the pathway YOU choose. Choose wisely!