While driving through my hometown the other day I saw quite a line of vehicles waiting in a drive-thru just to the right of the main street. Next thing I know, I see a girl in pink underwear helping customers through the window (facing the street). The sign said the name of the place which I won’t mention, but it was a drive-thru coffee shop where girls in their panties and bras serve you drinks and snacks. Can you imagine sending a résumé for a barista position like this? I’ve actually heard of bikini shops in California or Miami beach but never a girl in her underwear right on main street! These little shops are everywhere up here along Puget Sound, especially the bigger towns and the closer you get to Seattle. But even my hometown, a suburb that doesn’t have strip clubs or porn shops, that I’m aware of, and appears to be a morally conservative community, has these kinds of shops where little children and married men, and teenagers, and anyone can see half-naked girls (in lingerie) even if they don’t want to!
What kind of society have we become in America, and in most so-called developed nations in the world where billboards, websites, television and movies, music, and even coffee shops are filled with nudity, sex, and lust? It used to be that ‘dirty’ men (and they were called that back in the day), would have to go to a certain kind of bar or a certain part of the big city that clearly wasn’t for those pursuing righteousness, in order to fulfill their lusts. Now, it’s everywhere, anywhere, wherever you want to be. I turn on the radio and there it is – more talk of affairs, promiscuity and homosexuality, interviews with cheating spouses and advertisements for spicing up life by having an affair.
Men and women both are faced with immense temptation around every corner today - the grocery store, the theater, and even Main streets. And it’s not only heterosexual temptations, but boys as well as girls are constantly bombarded with images and stories of photoshopped, muscular, toned, tanned, nude men who the world says are ‘attractive,’ supposed real men that we should strive to imitate as they pursue sex with every girl in sight, sexy guys who are hairless and suave. Girls in addition to boys are faced with the typical, tanned, hairless, toned, seductive ’hot chick’ that is extraordinarily thin, promiscuous, daring, willing to engage sexually with the same sex, and whose happiness depends on how well her own needs are met in every way instead of a legacy built on bettering the lives of others.
This isn’t extremely new. Societies have fell into depravity since the banishment of humanity from Eden. But America’s moral heritage has faltered and changed into a liberal-thinking, self-centered culture where morality is judged as hateful and discrimination while immorality is praised as open-minded and tolerant.
The Bible has something to say about this subject:
“Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” Romans 1:24-32
My purpose in pointing out the seriousness of sin is to point to the one who forgives sin, who heals from the consequences of sin, and who delivers us from temptation. Jesus is the Savior and whether you’re a customer of these certain drive-thru coffee shops or if you’re just passing by, He can shelter you and steer you towards what is right – if you surrender. Don’t depend on your own strength or your instincts. Don’t fall into the lies that a man or woman must be like a worldly man or woman in order to be beautiful, good, right, and heroic.
Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Yes, a thousand times a day most of us have the opportunity to make incredibly bad choices all for the enjoyment of temporary passions, or to be crushed by jealousy and insecurity from wanting to look like ‘them’ and live like ‘them,’ or to be hurt by those who are hateful to us because we stand up for our convictions and aren’t ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ… but God knows that, and He loves our honesty. Let’s just depend on Him and learn from His wisdom as we take each moment, one at a time, to follow His direction and repent when we don’t. Trust me, the world is not happier than those who honor the Lord and have faith in Him.
Love people – whoever they are. Hate sin – wherever it is.