Read: I Corinthians 5:1-13
Think: There is no “let up” with Paul in this letter. He is going after the sin in the church of Corinth with the strongest words he can use to get their attention. One translation of I Corinthians 5:1 reads, “It is actually reported among you, an unchastity so monstrous that it does not even exist among heathen…” Besides being shocked that one of their members is involved in sexual sin, he also reminds them, “Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough?. . . When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers. . . I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claimed to be a believer, yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people.” How much (or little) has the churched changed in 2000 years? Not too much. Paul says very clearly and very boldly what the church needed then—and now—to hear. One version says, “Do you not know that a little evil influence can corrupt a whole society?”
Act: As someone who speaks to students and adults in the church about sex, culture, and its influence on our students, I know how difficult it is to speak frankly and honestly about these “hot” topics. But like Paul, because I am an ambassador of the Lord Jesus Christ, I can’t be silent. And though I’ve certainly worked hard to find constructive ways to communicate biblical principles, I’ve never shied away from warning students of the consequences of sexual sin. In today’s culture, you can’t minimize the voice you have as Christian adult, parent, or community leader to positively influence this young generation. And because social media and every facet of the entertainment industry gives them a completely different message than what the Bible gives, you are on the front lines to preach, teach and speak the truth in love. Don’t be shy. You don’t have to say “sexual sin is monstrous,” but if you know a believer who is trapped in sexual sin, please help them confess it, experience forgiveness and healing, and get the necessary long-term help to break free from it.
Pray: Dear Jesus, help me to be an advocate for this young generation. Give me a deeper passion to change the culture for them, to support them in their struggles, pray for their safety, and become a spiritual parent to those in my church who need someone to keep them accountable. I love You, Lord. Amen.
Be full of faith today!