Let not your heart turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths, for many a victim has she laid low, and all her slain are a mighty throng.- Proverbs 7:25 & 26
How often have we read the stories? How often have you heard of a religious leader, political office holder or sports figure caught in a sexual affair? When the situation is revealed many of us say “How can that happen?” For some reason we expect our leaders to live above this kind of activity. Yet it occurs on a frequent basis.
For sports leaders and politicians, this may be just a temporary setback. But Christian leaders, especially those in the Evangelical community, a failure in this area may be the end of a career. A personal testimony is forever tainted with the stain of sexual sin.
This sin has claimed many victims. The warning, like that of Proverbs 5 is very clear. The words are practically screamed at us, “Do not do this!!!”God does forgive sin. Even Christian leaders who fail to maintain a pure walk in this area can be restored. However, this sin often times has lasting effects.
In verses 2 and 3, the writer says we are to “keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.” I would consider this a strong warning! I read like this: “Do this and live! It’s important enough to give yourself reminders!”
But all of the “notes to self” we create, all of the accountability partners we have, all the support groups we attend, it all comes down to me making a decision. I will resist this temptation and will not head down that path. The commandments of the LORD are going to rule over me and I will not succumb to this temptation.
Of course, that can be the problem. Especially when I attain a degree of success in any field I can become immune to my own failings. I think this is particularly true in evangelical circles. Pastors and leaders can become so busy with success it is easy to let their guard down. It happens very slowly. But it can happen unless we make it a point not to let it happen.
Since there seems to be so many warnings against sexual sin here in the early chapters of Proverbs it seems logical to think: a) this is a potential problem and, b) I need to take major steps to avoid it. In other words, I need to make a life of purity a priority.
So, rather than face the embarrassment and a long and difficult reconciliation process, just avoid the whole procedure. Treasure and keep His commands. Keep His teaching and write it on the “tablet of your heart.”