March 23, 2009 Ration

II Peter 2:2

“And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned.”

Follow their sensuality…

To follow sensuality means that our senses are leading us. Artists, are your better decisions made by your emotions, or by a discerning conscience, trained by what is true, that gives ear to your emotions? Whether we are referring to the sensual pleasures found through touch, taste, sight, smell, or hearing, the gratification of our senses must not be what leads us. We must be led by unmaligned truth.

Our senses should be trained and governed by what is true, and not the other way around. Where truth is determined, defined, or defended according to the desires of the senses, truth will be maligned, compromised. The senses are too easily distracted and fooled. The senses were not given to make decisions, but to inform as they receive. Truth instructs the heart and mind as to what will prove to be fruitful. So when the senses receive information and subject themselves to the counsel of the truth, only then will the purest pleasures be enjoyed in what the senses find to be inviting.

The senses have a very important role in the body. Are not all pleasures enjoyed because of them? Are not all expressions given by them? Does not all information pass through them? The senses are most amazing receivers, but they are not made to lead. Leading is the role of the heart and mind. The heart and mind must be trained in the truth so that it can be wise with the information gathered by the senses.

Artistry, by design, appeals to the senses. This is not the problem. The problem occurs when we, the artists, regard the senses above the truth. The problem occurs when we, the beholders of artistry, heed the senses above the truth. When we compromise the truth for the sake of a sensual gratification, we give rule to, or enslave ourselves to, sensuality. It may prove to be incredibly fun for a season, but destruction is its sure end.

Artists, Peter warns us that there will be false teachers among us who will play to our senses, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies. We must not follow their sensuality. Swift destruction follows them (2:1). He calls these guys “waterless springs and mists driven by a storm” (2:17). They speak “loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh” (2:18) those who are weak. “They promise…freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved” (2:19).

Be not enslaved to your senses, artists, but rule them and make them serve your greatest enjoyments of all that is gloriously true and truly pleasurable! On our part, may we never be found to be the ones who are the false teachers, maligning the truth in our artistry for the sake of a gratification of the flesh. The senses are to serve the body, not lead it to ruin. So let us lead our senses and not follow them, though they must stand before us as receivers. Good receivers they are, good discerners they are not. Without our senses, there would be no good reason for artistry. But God has designed us capable of artistic expression for our very enjoyment, our enjoyment of what God enjoys to be true and pleasurable.

Jason Harms


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