“For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much”—Jesus, in Luke 7:47.
When I was a teenager, I was told I was going to hell every day at school—sometimes on an hourly basis. The first Scripture verse I ever heard was this little Jesus-gem from Matthew 5: “If your hand causes you to stumble, better to cut it off.” I remember looking around to see if anyone else was missing body parts…
A million years ago when I was a kid, ADHD was just a random mix of letters—no one had any idea that a lot of my “bratty” behavior was rooted in my inability to focus. But if I was going to hell, I was going to make it worth the trip! If there was a limit, I pushed it. If there was a standard for behavior, I broke it. If you said “Don’t”, I said “Done.” I was such a wild-child that, many years later at my 25-year high school reunion, the people who knew me back in the day were beyond shocked to hear I was involved in Christian ministry. One told me: “That ministry cover is really good—what are you really doing with yourself?”
What I’m really doing with myself is partnering with God to bring redemptive beauty out of my ugly past by offering a path to rescue for teenagers who are caught up in sexual sin….
Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places
As it turns out, there are many paths to hell—my particular favorite was promiscuity. Few paths of sin are better at accentuating the diabolical skills of satan (as Jon Acuff says, I reserve the right to give him “the middle finger of grammar” with a lowercase s). Promiscuity is a snare that traps its victims mentally, physically, and spiritually—a trifecta of destructive impact.
The Mental Attack—First, the evil one uses the false promise of promiscuity as a primary temptation to overcome a poor self-image: “If you can get a guy to sleep with you, it proves you are not as (ugly, fat, awkward, generally undesirable) as you think you are.” I tell the kids in my ministry all the time that dating in real life is not like on TV—people do not go out for dinner and a movie and then end up in bed together. The culture is serving up a recipe for promiscuity, perpetually. And the immature adults in many of today’s single-parent homes undergird what kids see on TV by acting inappropriately in their dating life.
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