There is not a moment in your life when you are not susceptible because, admit it, there are still areas where you want what you should not want.
We live in a fallen world, and even as a Christian we are always, always, always being tempted by this sinful world around us. In his book, Sex and Money, Paul David Trip talks about the fact that as long as we are on this end of eternity our hearts are going to be susceptible to sin. He says, “There is not a moment in your life when you are not susceptible because, admit it, there are still areas where you want what you should not want” (49).
I couldn’t name a single fellow Christian that would deny the fact that our hearts are susceptible to sin, however I also couldn’t name too many who live in a way that shows that they know this. What do I mean by this? One example that I see on a daily basis is our cultures obsession with flippant sexual remarks. Literally anything that is supposed to be humorous has sex jokes. The sitcom Friends, innocent Friends would lose half of their jokes and plots if the writers all of a sudden decided to avoid premarital sex as a topic. I say all this because I see Christians who love to watch reruns of Friends and think nothing of it because its funny, and we are willing to laugh at the expense of our purity.
To be honest I do not know how that is possible. We are created as sexual beings and for me personally I could not watch shows like Friends or New Girl without it changing the way I think. If Paul David Tripp is right about our hearts always being susceptible to sin shouldn't we do a better job at protecting our hearts and fleeing temptation?
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Here is an article, one of many about a church member accused of sexual assault. Why is it that the church really isn’t any better statistically when it come to things like this or pornography. perhaps its because we do not see the “small” things as threats to our hearts, maybe the little things like watch Friends or listening to music with sexual themes leads to physical acts of sexual sins.
-Thoughts from a Struggling Saint