Beth was home for lunch and said that Manuel has been telling her that for her 21st birthday he’s going to take her out and get her drunk. I’m quite sure she gave him that “go jump in the biggest lake you can find and don’t come back up” look that she has perfected over the years. She told him she didn’t think so. He kept saying, “Just a couple of Margaritas.” She told him it wasn’t happening.
But the other women there started asking him if Beth was back to #1 on his list…right there in front of her. He didn’t say anything. They also wanted to know what he was planning on doing once he got her drunk. He didn’t answer that one, either. Sounds like her Daddy needs to go over there and introduce himself Manuel will be dwarfed in his presence.
Back when Manuel first started hitting on Beth, the other ladies said he had “high hopes”. She’s 5’10” tall….he’s….quite a bit shorter. She found out today that he does not have a driver’s license. He has a car, and he drives, but doesn’t have a license. The guy is 27 years old. He’s studying to get one, but I don’t think that will persuade the cops not to give him a ticket if he gets caught.
This is a change of subject, but I have been thinking about some things. Yes, I know….that’s dangerous. But this is aimed at those of us who are Christian.
When others see us, and our behavior, do they know for sure, without a doubt, that we live by God’s word? Scary thought.
We all slip up. None of us are perfect.
Rom 3:23-24…..23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, NIV
But do we stay down there, or do we get back up and ask forgiveness? Do we actually try to live by all of God’s words, or do we pick and choose which ones we want to follow? I’m probably going to step on some toes here, but…it’s not the first time and I’m reasonably certain it won’t be the last.
Gen 2:24……24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. NIV
That says he will become one flesh with his wife. Not his girlfriend. Or boyfriend. Not a one night stand. Wife.
Wait a minute….keep reading. Don’t stop now because you don’t like where this is headed!
1 Cor 6:18-20……18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. NIV
Gal 5:19-21……19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. NIV
Eph 5:3-4……3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. NIV
Col 3:5……5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, NIV
1 Thess 4:3-5……3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; NIV
Prov 5:15-21……15 Drink from your own well, my son-be faithful and true to your wife. 16 Why should you beget children with women of the street? 17 Why share your children with those outside your home? 18 Be happy, yes, rejoice in the wife of your youth. 19 Let her breasts and tender embrace satisfy you. Let her love alone fill you with delight. 20 Why delight yourself with prostitutes, embracing what isn’t yours? 21 For God is closely watching you, and he weighs carefully everything you do. TLB
Some of these scriptures are talking to men, but they do not hold true only for men. Women should not engage in sexual immorality either. That is….sex outside of a marriage.
Now…..here’s where I am going to step on toes. Ladies….some of you are living with someone you are not married to, while calling yourself Christian. That is wrong. You need to either live separately, or get married. Some of you are sleeping with someone you are not married to. That is wrong. You need to wait till after the wedding.
Don’t think that just because you haven’t seen anything bad happen, that God is approving of the arrangement. Or that He doesn’t see. He isn’t. He sees. Even if you are not Christian, He doesn’t approve. But if you are Christian, He is grieved that you have chosen to directly defy His word.
When we do what God says not to do, we step out from under His protection, just like when a child wanders off from their parent in a shopping mall. And then we are fair game for all kinds of things that Satan would like to throw into our pathways. Like a host of diseases you don’t want to get. Don’t think that condoms protect. Don’t think that there really is such thing as safe sex. Latex does not stop the transmission of diseases. I know my cousin would tell you that, if he had not already died of AIDS.
Ex 15:26……26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.” NIV
Yes, that was written to the Jews. But the Jews are a picture of the Christians, and the Egyptians are a picture of non-Christians. Obey God and He will greatly bless. He will not bring on us all the diseases the others get, if we obey Him. Do things according to the way He designed them. He isn’t trying to keep anything good from you. He isn’t trying to cheat you out of a little fun.
Do it His way, and be blessed. Do it your own way, and suffer. It’s your choice. But do you really think you know better than God? Satan did. He challenged God. He thought, “I’ve got a better way!” And we already know what his fate will be.
Is sex alright IN a marriage? OF COURSE IT IS! We were actually asked that once by a woman at church, who had just started coming to church. And how do you think we grow our churches? From the inside
The Bible does not limit what a husband and wife can do together. You must respect each other and if something is degrading to one of you, don’t do it. Don’t make one do something they find objectionable.
Luke 6:31……31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. NRSV
Eph 5:28-29……28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. NIV
If you follow God’s rules, He will bless beyond belief. Do you want to spend the rest of your life wondering how much better it could have been, if you had only obeyed?