Preach long enough – like one time – and somebody will probably complain. Preach multiple sermons week after week, year after year, and you’ll become used to complaints…because you can’t please all the people all the time…but it ain’t about pleasing people, anyway.
However, several years ago a deacon came up to me with a complaint from a visitor/former member… Wait, may I digress for a moment?
I absolutely hate it when people are sent to tell me what someone else was too afraid to tell me to my face. Do you remember writing those “Do you like me” notes in elementary school? Well, a lot of adults do the same thing when they send a complaint to the pastor via a deacon or elder. Grow up, people!
Anyway, several years ago a former member who was visiting a church where I was pastor got upset and said he was not bringing his family back. Why (and I know this because the deacon told me so)? He said all I ever preached about was SEX!
He said if that was all I was going to preach about, then he could just take his family to a movie or stay at home and watch TV.
But if the truth be known (clearing my throat), this man and his family only visited the church twice in one year, and it just so happened that the sermons they heard were the only two I preached that year which specifically addressed sexual sin. One sermon, I believe, dealt with faithfulness in marriage, and the other was from a passage like Proverbs 5, one which sounded the alarm about pornography addiction in the church.
Honestly, I can’t help but wonder if “just so happened” was the correct way to put it. God gave me those sermons for a reason.
The fact of the matter is that sex sells, pure and simple. Everything from burger joints to auto manufacturers bait their products with the allure of sexual gratification. Heck, every time I drive down the main road through my town I see a regularly-updated billboard featuring nothing more than a girl’s legs in short khaki shorts – all to sell shoes.
But sex does more than sell products. When used the wrong way, it can be a nearly-irresistible tool of mass destruction. It can be used to lead men, both young and old, into a life of misery, self-destruction, and total enslavement to addiction.
Even more tragic is what the sellers of sex do with those they use to tempt their prey. Think of all the horror and abuse that permeates the sex slave industry. Is this what God designed?
Proverbs 5 is just as relevant today as it was 3,000 years ago…no matter how many times you preach it – and it’s not preached enough!
I would encourage you to read this week’s posts, but also take a look at the previous posts from our first trip through Proverbs 5:1-23 on Proverbial Thought.
You can find links to them listed in the tabs at the top of the page, but I will copy the links below for your convenience.
5:1-2 “Pay Attention” – Daniel Klem
5:3-5 “Deadly Lips” – Anthony Baker
5:6 “Unpredictable Women” – Anthony Baker
5:7-9 “Run Away! Run Away!” – Anthony Baker
5:10-14 “Reason for the Warning” – Daniel Klem
5:15-17 “Drink Your Own Water” – David Welford
5:18-20 “Get Drunk On Love!” – Grady Davidson
5:21-23 “Stay On the Path” – Jason Sneed