June 25, 2007 Ration

I Corinthians 10:8-11

“We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day…Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.”

These things were written down for our instruction. They were documented so that we could take heed lest we too fall from the passions of the flesh. This is not a parable, God destroyed the sexually immoral ones.

So why would we play with the fire of sexual immorality in our artistic pleasures and pursuits? We have been warned by the example of our fathers. Are we not going to listen to history and the God who wrote it? Or why would we place ourselves in the position of the tempter through our artistry, and cause another brother or sister to stumble for the sake of artistic expression or some unbiblical liberty? It would be better that a millstone be hung around our neck, and we be cast into the sea than that we lead one of our brothers or sisters astray to their death by a work of so-called “art.”

Artists, take care in your role of communicating and expressing the soul of man to the body. Do not be led astray by your own lusts, and surely do not give them, your lusts that is, the focused time in the creative process to grow and fester and conquer your thoughts and actions. Rather notice this, both God and Paul brought the topic of sexual immorality out in the open and made its end known: twenty-three thousand dead in one day! It is to the glory of the mercy of God alone that our artistic culture has not incurred what is its due for the sexual immorality that is displayed and encouraged artistically today. Do not think that God is asleep. Do not take lightly God’s tolerance and patience with our wickedness. Our sins are not hidden from Him in our darkrooms, theaters, or hearts. We are only storing up the wrath of God for ourselves if we remain unrepentant.

Artists, what party do you find yourself in; the immoral twenty-three grand? If so, repent, for God is a merciful God who pardons all the iniquities of the one who fears Him. Are you in the party who abhors sexually immorality? Then praise God for His grace towards your conscience, because that abhorrence that you feel is not natural for the man made of flesh. Left to ourselves, all we will be is immoral with every beautiful pleasure that God has given us for our enjoyment. Dare not boast, but rather take heed of what has been written down for your instruction lest you too fall to sin, become stiff-necked, and be felled by the sword of Holiness.

“These things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did” (10:6). Artists, do not desire evil in your artistic pursuits as the world does. The worldly eyes will never see and enjoy the beauty and glory of God Himself and His son Jesus as they make clear, where we saw so dimly before, the pleasures of the fullness of grace and truth and endless beauty in factors of eternity. Invest yourselves wisely.

Jason Harms

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