Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Flee Immorality

1 Corinthians 6:18 says to "flee immorality."

When most people read or reference this verse, they view it in a context of sexual sin. They use it to safeguard themselves, or encourage others to "flee" from pornography, lust, adultery, premarital sex, etc.

However, in the modern day church, these issues are generally widely addressed. When Christians fall into these sins, they know that they're wrong, and can either fight the problem or find resources to help them. The main factor is that they are aware of the sins and repent of them.

One of the biggest problems I see in the Christian youth population today is not pornography or lust or premarital sex, although I'm sure these problems are very present. The problem I see that no one tries to hide or discourage is causing others to stumble.

When we think to flee from immorality, we forget that it means not only fleeing for our sakes but also for the sakes of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

This is especially a problem with girls. Tank tops with the bra just visible. Shorts that should really be called glorified underwear. Bathing suits that are skimpier than pajamas. Wearing sports bras to football games.

Ladies, these are stumbling blocks for our brothers. We are so offended when we hear of guys lusting over girls, especially in the church body. But, in reality, we are just as much at fault as they are. If you're flaunting your body, you might as well consider it an invitation for a guy to look at you in a way he shouldn't.

"Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this - not to put an obstacle or stumbling block in a brother's way."
        - Romans 14:13

Ladies, it's time for us to step up. If we're so desperate for guys to be men of God, then we need to act like women of God.

Choose to help your Christian brothers. Every time you put on an outfit, think "Could this be an obstacle for a brother in Christ?"

I encourage you to check out this survey. It has dozens of questions about all kinds of clothing that girls have asked, and hundreds of responses from solid, Christian guys. They tell you what causes them to stumble, what's appropriate, and what heightens their respect for you because you're trying to protect them.

Ladies, if you really want the right kind of guy to like you, dress so he doesn't have to look at your body to find something attractive about you.

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