Cleaning Up the Mess

WHAT A MESS!There is a song stuck in my head this morning. You know the type of song; irritating tune, annoying voice, the type you do not want playing on your morning soundtrack. This particular song this morning has a very annoying voice singing with children. It is a song I have not heard in a while, but after watching a bit of news and reading a few news posts, it intruded. You may already know what song it is and it may be stuck in your head now as well. I would apologize, but misery loves company.

If you have no clue what song I might be thinking of, I’ll let you in on the secret the rest of us are regretfully sharing.  If you don’t want to know the song skip the next few lines.

“Clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere. Clean up, clean up, everybody do your share.” – You are welcome!

Society – Western society, American society – made a mess and we are drowning in the trash. We have sown the wind and are reaping a whirlwind (Hos 8:7). We are reaping what we sowed (Gal 6:7).

The news today is replete with stories of sexual misconduct on the part of news anchors, actors and actresses, politicians, religious leaders, and more. Why are we shocked that these things are occurring? We created the mess! Media portrays women as sexual objects not as people. Lyrics and videos from R&B artists sometimes push a violent sexual agenda. Country Music lyrics encourage women to shake certain parts for men. Movies and television promote promiscuity. And we support it. Then we wonder why we are in this mess.

Then we wonder why we are in this mess.

We need to clean up the mess. We need a return to virtue. Turn off the shows. Refuse to go to promiscuous movies. Don’t download the songs that promote lasciviousness. Remove the offenders from power. Start with you and your children. You keep your hands, lips, and anything else off of anyone you are not married too. Teach your children the same. (Okay you know what I mean. I am not talking about kissing your children goodnight nor kissing your parents on the cheek).

I will let the apostle Paul close out this post,

“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:19-24)


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