Really, I’m not. I am human just like everyone else. I am (barely) past middle aged but I still have ‘those’ feelings. I still have dreams and desires. I’m not a prude and I can’t deny my past. I have done my share of illicit behavior…and I have lived to regret it. There is a war going on these days and I’m not talking about the one in the Middle East. This war is in our homes and in our hearts. It is in our schools, on TV, billboards, movie theaters, and social media of all sorts. Let me tell you about it. I call it Fifty Shades of Pornography
What has happened to us? With every generation we seem to lose more in terms of morality. We say what we want (I’m guilty too), we do what we want, we watch what we want and we do those things without any thought to the future as if we don’t have a God who sees us in our frailty and obnoxious conditions. Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not throwing judgment out there to condemn anyone. That would be kind of foolish of me considering how I have behaved in the past. I’ve been judged and it’s no fun. The worst part is accepting that the offense in question just might have a ring of truth to it. We are all pretty good at denying that our actions are not stellar. In fact, we have convinced ourselves that what we do and the choices we make are nobody’s business but our own. That may be so, but there is, and always will be, consequences to our actions whether they are good or bad. It’s not as simple as if we do good, good things will happen or if we do bad, bad things will happen. That’s just not realistic. Bad things do happen to good people and vice versa. No, the simplicity of it is more along the lines of integrity and morality.
We are a society hell bent on proclaiming our individualism and freedom. We think we are free to do anything we want and we want instant gratification. We are unbelievably selfish. I’m not preaching and trying to tell the masses that if you do this or that you will be condemned. All I am saying is; look, each one of us has a decision to make. Will your decision be one that will bring you honor or dishonor? Will your actions cast a light over you that will make you appear less than a person with integrity? How do your decisions make you feel about yourself?
Or are you making the decision to agree with the rest of the world and give in to the call of complacency and indulgence into a lifestyle that celebrates the ways of an ungodly world.
I’m sorry, it’s just to hedonistic for me. I’ve learned my lesson. I’ve decided not to subject myself to anything questionable. By saying that, I’m not going to judge your choices. I know everybody has goodness within them. I’m sure people are kind and thoughtful and loving. You can do what you want. As for myself, I believe in a higher road. It took me a long time to get here so I’m not going to throw it away. I am finally treating myself with integrity and honor. Therefore, I choose not to partake in sponsoring anything that would compromise that decision. I won’t watch movies that glorify a lack of morality (although I do LOVE romantic movies). I don’t like dirty jokes. I don’t like bad language which if you knew me, that would surprise you. I admit I do have a few words in my language that are better left unsaid. Hey, I am human but I’m not perfect. I am trying to curb my habitual slip of the tongue. I need a lot of practice in talking the talk while I’m walking the walk.
See, the bible tells us that we cannot serve both God and mammon, which, contrary to popular belief doesn’t mean Man, it means the world. God is not of the world. Yes, he made the world but he also gave those in the world free will, the will to choose what we are going to do. You can choose, you have a God-given right. Will you choose something that lifts you up and sets the bar high in terms of integrity and morality? Or will you choose the path that takes you down and compromises your inherent goodness? You ARE a child of the most high God. You always have been, you always will be. You CAN choose a better way for yourself and in doing that, you will have the opportunity to set a good example for your children and even for those whom your life touches. Don’t you want them to respect you? Or do you want them to think it is ok to lust after immorality, to think they can give themselves to anyone that comes along in the name of freedom? Will your children think it is ok to break God’s law? Will they believe the messages they receive from the world are ok?
Take my advice. Don’t compromise yourself. You will never be sorry.
What is the Word today being shared at ALL Masses throughout the world? Heb 13:1-8
Do not neglect hospitality,
for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.
Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment,
and of the ill-treated as of yourselves,
for you also are in the body.
Let marriage be honored among all
and the marriage bed be kept undefiled,
for God will judge the immoral and adulterers.
Let your life be free from love of money
but be content with what you have,
for he has said, I will never forsake you or abandon you.
Thus we may say with confidence:
The Lord is my helper,
and I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?
Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you.
Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.