MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017

Prudish for Christ?

Does taking a stand for Christ make me bold or prudish? If it’s prudish, sobeit. Last I looked, God’s Word didn’t set aside the sports arena … Does taking a stand for Christ make me bold or prudish? If it’s prudish, sobeit. Last I looked, God’s Word didn’t set aside the sports arena as a sacred institution. He didn’t offer to measure our standards of living by our success or lack thereof. The rules apply to all. Equally.

The pervasive mentality of the self-proclaimed egos today insists on invoking judgment on those of us who still find loyalty and integrity in the covenant relationship a noble cause. So what if stats report 60 percent of spouses cheating on their mate? It doesn’t make the act excusable immorality. It merely represents where our society is in the mindset of commitment and selfishness.

Being a stand-up Christian takes a boldness of faith. Perhaps because we’ve lost the zeal, the courage, … the desire to be bold for Christ, we have failed miserably in offsetting examples like Rick Pitino and other leaders have been setting for our young adults and children. When you hear it often enough and see little to no consequences but lots of fanfare, it leaves little room to wonder why our all-about-me society gravitates to pattern their lifestyles accordingly.

I don’t mind being a prude. In fact, I find it flattering to be lumped in such an elite group. You see, I take God at His word. He tells us if anyone is lukewarm, He’ll spew us out of His mouth. I, likewise, believe He takes marriage seriously. I believe He takes grave issue with a married man finding pleasure in another woman – in a drunken or sober state of mind, and in a public or private setting! I believe He knits unborn babies together in a mother’s womb to have life breathed into them – not be denied the right to live! I believe He calls us to be imitators of Christ and to not cause anyone to stumble – especially the children.  Our standards are set high for a reason. I believe He knew of the consequences for our poor judgment. I believe He knew we would fail and would need confession, repentance and forgiveness. That is precisely why He allowed mankind to nail His Son to a cross.

I believe there is no greater cause to be bold. If some find it synonymous with prude, then call me Prudish for Christ. What about you? Where do you stand?

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