“Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.”
We have reached the four final verses in a chapter of Scripture that focuses on things we would rather not think about, talk about, or otherwise air in public. Some readers may sit back rich in the knowledge that these words of wisdom apply to other fools, not them. Surely part of wisdom is recognizing when folly has invaded our minds?
Mind invasion could be a good title for of work of science fiction. The science here is seduction, but there is nothing fictional about the dangers associated with seduction. Proverbs 7 clearly states that seduction is a real and present threat to all men and women. If we do not realize this, then it is possible that we have already been seduced, not by an immoral person, but by the folly that says; “This doesn’t apply to me, I’m not vulnerable to this type of threat.”
Assessing the Risk
The first step in guarding against the threat is to acknowledge vulnerability and consider where the risk is greatest. We have to examine what we are allowing to enter out minds, and how society corrupts our thoughts. Here’s a small checklist. You will probably be able to add to it:
- What/who are you looking at?
- What/who are you listening to?
- What are you reading?
- What are watching on television, or at the movies?
- What DVDs are sitting on your shelf?
- Are you vulnerable to advertising images on billboards?
- Are you tempted to click on Internet links that will take you places you know you shouldn’t go.
- Do you really think that spending regular lunch times alone with a co-worker of the opposite sex can remain innocent forever?
- Do you honestly believe that leaving your marriage partner for another person will not cause untold pain and hurt to numerous people?
Feel free to add to the list by commenting below. But first read Proverbs 7 again in its entirety, but linger on the final verse:
Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
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