Our study of the strange woman in Proverbs 7 has helped us to see more clearly the behavior fitting such seductresses. We find that our culture has embraced such behavior as not merely acceptable but downright desirable (remember those cover girls we discussed?) We can clearly see that we not only need to teach principles of chastity, but we must make provision to protect our purity in this day and age. How do we do that when we are daily bombarded with imagery, conversation, and media all flaunting, boasting, or tempting us?
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Start with the Word.
We must know His will and purpose for all things, including sexuality. Not only must we know; we must agree. Let’s call sin sin, refusing Satan’s definitions for “romance” and flirtatious behavior. Then take captive those wrong thoughts that plague your mind, rendering them obedient to the knowledge of Christ. Do not feed them. Evaluate your reading material. Maybe those Christian romance novels are over the edge for you, evoking too many impure images or thoughts. If catalogs that promote impure body posture or seductive glances are influencing you negatively, get rid of them. Beware of TV commercials; raunchy stuff sneaks up when you least expect it. What we look at alot has profound impact on us, so take care!
Don’t settle for status quo. Everyone around you may be acting or dressing certain ways, maybe even other Christians, but don’t let that establish your standards. Let them be shaped by His Word alone.
Let me give you a bit of homework. Below I will list some common responses I hear from Christians when discussing modesty and purity. I’ve linked a scripture passage with each comment. Read the passage and then discover for yourself the error of each excuse. Let His Word begin to renew your mind!
“It doesn’t hurt anybody.” Proverbs 7.26
“My friend does that, and she’s a Christian.” Romans 14.12
“Everyone is doing it.” Proverbs 31.10