2005-07-22 - Lust
The Seven Deadly Sins Series, Part 2
Colossians 3:5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
While all sins have been with us since the Fall, one of the most prevalent ones in American society is lust. People have destroyed families, wrecked careers and even taken lives because of lust. All you have to do is look at a TV listing to see how obsessed we are, as a society, with lust. We lust after sex, power, possessions, and other things.
The premises of some television shows and movies revolve around lust. Modern advertising attempts to lure potential customers into lusting after their products, from beer to shoes (ouch!) to sports cars. They try to make us believe their products will make us happy, sexy, popular, beautiful or what have you.
Lust enslaves all genres of people, from the mighty politician to your neighbor, from the wealthy to the poverty-stricken ampehtamine addict - to you, to me. Lust is an equal opportunity captor. In fact, if you think you are immune to it, that's just when you should start to worry. It's dangerous, immature, naive, unwise and you are kidding yourself, if you think "It can't happen to me."
As God's word says "If you think you stand, beware, lest you fall."
Studies - and stories of those who have experience - have show that lust is addictive in character. If one watches pornography, eventually it will take stronger and stronger porn to stimulate. The late actor Bob Crane is a sad example. He became addicted to sex, and got deeper and deeper into the underworld. But he didn't just wake up and think "I'm going to go deep into the dark side of the porn industry and get involved with dangerous characters, one of whom will eventually kill me." Just like others don't think "I'm going to spend time with this person instead of my spouse, and begin to love her or him more." As with most addictions, lust works gradually and with almost indiscernible increments. That's one reason it's so deadly. It's like the old "frog in a boiling pot" analogy. The frog doesn't notice that the deadly water is turned up gradually, and before he knows it, it's too late.
Be careful what you listen to, careful what you watch or read, careful whom you spend time with. It can happen to you. Pray for God's guidance and protection in this area.
Series to be continued.