In All Purity
Harvey Weinstein & Roy Moore. Roy Moore is the Senate candidate in Alabama who has been accused by five women (to date) of sexual improprieties from forty years ago. Harvey Weinstein is the Hollywood producer who has been accused of many more, and much worse, behavior toward women. I am glad that our society has become more sensitive and less tolerant of improper behavior and words toward women.
But Hollywood is absolutely hypocritical. They produce TV shows and movies that are saturated with sexual talk, sexual behavior, sexual innuendos, and immodest clothing. Then they think that people, like Harvey, are not going to act on those impulses? That’s like the Catholic Church that forbids priests to marry and then act surprised when they engage in pedophilia and homosexual acts. Man’s natural urges have to be controlled and modified by the Word of God.
Which brings me to Christian behavior. The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: “Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers, the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity” (1 Tim. 5:1-2).
Men, treat your Christian sisters (non-Christians certainly deserve the same dignity), in all purity, like you would your physical sister. Not when you were ten years old but when you were twenty years old. You defended her honor and her purity. Christian men should keep all their behavior toward women in complete purity and holiness.
We do not “greet one another with a holy kiss” in our society any more (Rom. 16:16). But our greetings should still be holy. Kissing non-family members of the opposite sex is probably a step over the line. Hugs should be kept pure and innocent. In fact, an arm around the shoulder is much better and less offensive. Christians should control their bodies in all sanctification and honor (1 Thess. 4:4). Let the words you speak be as if Christ was listening to your conversation, even reading your thoughts!
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