“The purity of silver and gold is tested by putting them in the fire; the purity of human hearts is tested by giving them a little fame.”—Proverbs 27:21 (Message)
I know it’s not the usual for me (LOL), but I won’t be before you (too) long. Two links speak for themselves and the other, well, it’s nowhere near appropriate to post on the site so I’ll just briefly reference it.
I actually do a devotional series and I was mentioning today that sex deserves our respect. I’m not sure how many people, whether in or out of the Church, actually feel that way, yet it’s the truth. It seems like more and more, the sanctity of two people, in covenant, physically expressing the oneness of their union (I Corinthians 6:16-Message) is degraded to nothing more than…well, again, I’ll let the links speak for themselves.
First up: Montana Fishburne (yeah Craig, I peeped that you shouted her out as well. I guess…we’ll see):
The interviewer? Um, yeah. You don’t mind nudity as long as it’s art? Is that like putting a joint in your mouth and not inhaling it? ANYWAY, I sat and watched the interview of this young, attractive woman and how HAPPY she seemed to be about being on CNN…for porn. It broke my heart. A friend of mine often says, “When something is done outside of the will of God, it’s gonna end. It just won’t end well.” If there’s one thing that I can agree with Montana about is that there seems to be sex tapes “popping up”…EVERYWHERE. How far we’ve come from how embarrassed Adam and Eve were for just the Lord to notice they were naked (Genesis 3:7-13). And to hear her say that because another person is now famous due to a sex tape, she figured she’d give it a shot…and to admire that?!?
Which brings me to the second video:
OK. This CHILD couldn’t be more than four or five years old and yet…HER DAD is interviewing her about the sounds he makes with HER MOM while they’re having sex? He actually videotaped this?!? So when the Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6-NKJV) what are his plans for her exactly? Over and over (and over and over) again he asks the little girl what he sounded like and what her mom sounded like. To be honest, for all intent and purposes (and really, what just what is his true intent and purpose), this child received her first sex lesson on YouTube. She’s taught that it’s “OK” to watch her parents and imitate them and that it’s funny. That sex is a joke. What makes them think she will care 10 years from now? Or even 20?
And then, Ms. Gaga. OK, Daniel Cole…yeah, that link was something else. Recently, while at Lollapooloza, she with her breasts only covered with paste-ties and fishnet and panties, jumps into a crowd of people and actually lets people bite her…um, everywhere. WHY? I’m sure a big part of the reason is because she knew it would be on media links…and possibly even that people (like me) would write about it.
What people are doing right now for the purpose of fame, whether it’s millions of dollars worth or fifteen minutes, is really blowing my mind. Like I said, the links pretty much speak for themselves, but I am sending this out as a PSA. When the Lord told us that we were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), I wonder why that is not enough for us; that although we are told not to put confidence in man (Psalm 118:8), THAT SEEMS TO BE EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE DOING. Whatever will cause someone to give us some attention, no matter how insane or potentially counterproductive it may be, we do it.
I was just talking to a friend of mine yesterday who is married. She was asking me what I thought about sex counselors. What I think is that the Word says that if we acknowledge the Lord, he will direct us (Proverbs 3:6). What I think is that man is too much of the standard for what is sexy, what is sensual, what is “on and off limits” when it comes to sexual activity. AND THAT IS DANGEROUS…because man is flawed.
When Adonai came up with something as beautiful, as special, as sacred…AS EXCLUSIVE AS SEX (Genesis 2:24-25), you can best believe his intentions were not for young women to use it to get on television, for fathers to make their children the laughing (or cringing) stock of the Internet…or for celebrites to have random strangers pawing (to say the least) them. Is this where we are? Is this how little with think of our bodies…our lives…even, yes, our sex lives? Are we at a point where people knowing us is better than being known by our covenant partners?
It would appear that with just this week’s media “sightings” alone, the answer would be a resounding “yes”. But at what price? Present-day humilation? Future regret? Sin is senseless. Consequences are coming.
Fame is one heck of a drug. Drugs can kill you.
A slow and painful death, too.
Just as the Liar (John 8:44) wants it to be (John 10:10).
I’m sure he’s saving his applause til the end. Literally.