|Posted on November 17, 2010 at 10:16 AM|
"Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts." - 2 Timothy 2:22
I have a TV next to my desk in my basement where I do alot of my work. Sometimes I turn on some sporting event or news program and I'll casually watch and listen as I work. Last evening as I was doing the video for this week's services, I happened to turn over to one of the late night talk programs. Everything was fine until the host brought out a young actress who was dressed in a very short white dress with material that was either see through or at least, gave the illusion of such. She bounced out and sat down, crossing her legs and exposing everything right up to her keister. After a bit of suggestive banter, she reached over and touched the host's leg, afterwhich he proceeded to virtually start pawing her, all the while with his wedding ring in full view. Immediately a war went off in my mind. Should I turn the channel or shut it off, or could I just go on watching? I watched for a few more minutes and then decided it was best to just go ahead and turn it off. Was this wrong? Did I sin? I don't believe so, because I was careful as to where my thoughts went, but as I was watching I felt a prompting, which I believe was the Holy Spirit, that this was not somethiing I needed to be investing anymore time in.
This gets back to my previous post and Proverbs 4:23. We have to guard our eyes and our thoughts, for they determine the course of our life. I heard the same pastor I also referred to in my last post, Brady Boyd, tell the story of an old girlfriend who sent him a friend request on Facebook. He determined it wouldn't be wrong or sinful to accept that request, but neither would it be wise.
Our world is full of temptations and all kinds of things to put on our "hard drives". That's why Paul told Timothy to run or flee anything that would drag down his direct communication with Father. He also gave him a list of things to pursue and told him the kind of folks to hang out with.
Yes, life is full of choices, and the ones we make today determine our tomorrows.