ARE WE SELFIE SERVING?
For a while you can defy gravity. A recent rash of foolish selfie deaths suggests that our youth do not understand the gravity of the situation. But there have been many generations of bad examples that opened our minds to temptation. What is so commonly promoted on television and popular behavior is not always a good thing. Solomon attempted to give us a warning.
My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words. Proverbs 7:1-5
Solomon was a father who offered wisdom. His brother Absalom lived and died in rebellion. Having witnessed the destruction of rebellion Solomon seeks to share wisdom with his son and with the world. The law, the commandments, and wisdom are to keep us from the harlot, from sin, and from death.
For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. Proverbs 7:6-10
Solomon was able to discern foolishness in a young stranger. God can give such revelation to us, but this young man left no doubt. This young man passed into the dark realm of an obvious whore. The oldest profession can be very professional about her business, and subtlety is in her nature, among other things.
(She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows. Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. Proverbs 7:11-15
No car salesman could do better at tracking down a mark; she is outside watching for her prey. She boldly kisses the young man and makes an outrageous suggestion. She announces that she has just honored God with a sacrifice and worship, and wants to celebrate her holiness with sex. So she claims she was looking for this gullible oaf as an act of purity. (Oh I am sure her kind is still found in many “modern” churches!)
I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed. Proverbs 7:16-20
Oh she has decorated the chamber of sin with the treasures of vanity and invites the young lummox into a bed of sin. Of course it will be safe because her husband is away on a long business trip. Oh great, she’s not a whore after all, only an adultress! Now she has wounded two victims at once, and three counting the Lord.
With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. Proverbs 7: 21-24
Now I think I shall praise and thank God for not being attractive, strong, and sexy. I have known few such temptations which I too could fall into. Even I had a few problems along the way. She looks good, she talks good, she smells good, and she feels good. He feels good going easily in to her, much as livestock goes gently to die. As a deer he is slammed by the arrow of death, never sensing the danger of the huntress. Solomon urges us to listen to the warnings. Do you think there is no death in this sin? Consider the statistics of our generation:
USA ANNUAL DEATH NUMBERS
NOW do we fear God?
Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. Proverbs 7: 25-27
The way of self and pleasure is popular, and the harlot has a pile of bodies at the foot of her bed. This is just as much as dead as those who fall from a cliff or play with sharks. But there is a far worse death awaiting those who defy our God. He has reached out to catch us as we fall, giving his son Jesus to die for us. When we reject this gift we are without excuse when facing the judgment of God. Our nation and our world has adopted a pattern of rejecting our one hope. Our people have embraced the way of the harlot, and elevated her to be the Queen of our Babylon.
Solomon went on to fail to follow his own wisdom, as did his sons. The Law of God was created to prove that the elect people of God could not be saved by their own goodness. The sons of faithful Abraham all failed to measure up until Yeshua met them in hell to offer salvation. We have that offer now, and we have heard the story of salvation in Jesus. Still this once great nation is seeing more threats and stress than any age before. Many people attend Christian churches and still act out their rejection of our God. If Solomon could fall, and Israel was punished because of his sins, can our people pass without cost?
If our church leaders ordain homosexuals, can we expect youth to follow the bible? If our churches lead us on demonstrations that hurl rejection against sinners are we not guilty of a major sin by railing? Where is the example that lives a holy life while forgiving the repentant sinner? How are we attracting the world to a changed life if our lives are not changed? THE CHURCH is responsible to catch souls who are falling to a death of unending pain and suffering. Are we the evil nurse that poisons the patients? The false Christian IS the Harlot of Babylon, seducing the stupid into a “religious” eternal death.
How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses. They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour’s wife. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the Lord’s. For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the Lord. Jerimiah 5:7-11
Those were the days my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we choose
We’d fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.
La la la la…
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days