Parents around the world were recently shocked to see pictures in the UK Daily Mail online of girls, some as young as eight, dressed in red and black lingerie performing a racy dance routine to Beyonce's "All the Single Ladies" at a dance contest. Yet even more shocking, was that the parents of the girls involved approved.
Other examples are just as alarming. A Skechers' "naughty and nice" ad featured pop star Christina Aguilera dressed as a schoolgirl in pigtails, with her shirt unbuttoned, licking a lollipop. Bratz and Barbie dolls come dressed in sexualized clothing such as miniskirts, fishnet stockings, and feather boas. Thongs sized for 7 to 10-year-olds, are printed with slogans such as "wink, wink". T-shirts for girls display slogans such as "hot chick" and "boyfriend material".
In the movie and TV series Hannah Montana, very popular amoungst tweens and teens, the heroine Miley, leads a double life as pop star Hannah Montana. As per usual, she has the perfect body and hooks a "cool" boyfriend in the end.
Did you know that the pagan Roman stadium was considered a place of idolatry by the ancient Jewish rabbis? Written in the Talmud, it reads:
"One must not go to the theatres and circuses, because at those places they gather up money for the idols; ... In the places where they gather, it is prohibited because of the suspicion of idolatry. And in those where they are not gathering, it is prohibited, because they are considered places of scorners."
And is it not true today?
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor." John 12:24-
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
"It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord" 2Timothy 2:11-12
Robert Moffat, writing to his parents from London shortly before sailing for Africa, said:
"Oh, that I had a thousand lives and a thousand bodies! All of them should be devoted to no other employment but to preach Christ ... I have not repented in becoming a missionary, and, should I die in the march and never enter the field of battle, all would be well."
While the Moffats were on their first furlough in England, David Livingstone asked Mr. Moffat whether he thought that he, perhaps, might also be used in the missionary work in Africa. Mr. Moffat replied, "Yes, particularly if you will not go to an old station but will push on into unoccupied fields." And then he added,
"In the north I have seen in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been."
Long before the Gospel reached the Xhosa people, they were aware of God, whom they called Mdali. (Creator) He was creator of all, the Supreme Being. He was known as Qamata or Thixo, the last being the name commonly used for deity today. God to them was someone largely unknown, who was far off, and did not affect their lives very much. He was only called upon in extremities, as He was recognized to have greater power than the ancestral spirits. It was these spirits that affected their lives all the time.
They were nearer to the people than God Himself. If misfortune or sickness struck the home it was because the ancestral spirits had been neglected or offended. If the spirits were served faithfully and well, things would go well with the household. There was constant fear of offending the spirits. If offended, the witch doctor was called to discover the cause, and prescribe the remedy, which often was the shedding of the blood of a white goat.
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." 1 John 2:15-17
I sat sometime ago wondering why it is that many profess Christians do not evangelize and witness to the people around them. While I was wondering about this, I also wondered why is it that profess Christians are so satisfied with their lives. I mean you do not get people as some years ago who are on fire for God and sets everyone around them on fire?! While I was finding myself thinking about this, this Scripture comes to mind.