Why Not?

Oh, be careful little eyes, what you see.

Oh, be careful little eyes, what you see.
For the Father up above is looking down in love,

So be careful little eyes, what you see.

Why
be careful?  The opportunities are everywhere of course.  My most
recent episode was with Facebook.  I have appreciated the fact that
this service has remained essentially free of the ads and such that
feature scantily-clad individuals trying to lure viewers to singles
sites, etc. etc.  But then just this week, I sign in and, right there
on the top of the page is a picture of a topless celebrity.

I
spent a few minutes trying to determine how to get rid of it, and
finally decided that Facebook wasn’t really that important and
cancelled my account.

But it got me thinking… I have a son who
will soon be dealing with these temptations.  I cannot imagine growing
up in today’s world, with the junk that is out there – TV, Internet,
magazines… I can see him asking "why not?".

1 Corinthians 6
12 “All things are
lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful
for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. 13 “Food
is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy
both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality,
but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do
you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take
the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Matthew 5
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

But come on, Dad – it’s just one little picture!
James 1
14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

But everyone reads the stuff!!
Romans 12

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may
discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and
perfect.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®,
copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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