. . . I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. // God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth. // Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. // Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Romans 12:1 // John 4:24 // Romans 12:2 // James 1:27

A year ago I wrote this post on purity, and I’ve been thinking more about it lately. I have been so greived by Ghislaine & Co, and am praying for the truth to be wholly and entirely exposed. For those of you who may not know what I’m referencing, I will briefly lay bare a bit of bad news . . . Essentially, the leaders of the known world are grossly embroiled in a court case slash investigation regarding the sex-trafficking of children. To be clear, any sex- or human trafficking is a deplorable abomination. And I think that’s exactly what I’m getting at . . .

While I normally wouldn’t privvy myself to the gruesome details of such goings on, I really felt compelled to pay attention and find out what the accusations and evidence were for this case. I did some reading online, and have been watching some of the interviews and videos that have come out since Jeffrey Epstein’s death.

Where to even begin . . . I think one of the things that most upset me was the court case from over a decade ago that was filed against the current president of the United States by a thirteen year old girl and went nowhere because A) she couldn’t afford the costs of continuing. B) she was threatened. C). It was determined that the address and phone number she provided in her report led to a “dead end” . . . as if wealthy and influential men couldn’t possibly pack up and keep it moving once they were notified of the charges being brought against them.

This is the country that I live in. A country that is quick to call corruption on every other continent but its own. A nation of log-eyed speck pickers.

And unfortunately Christians have been part of the problem . . . my self included. But I repent; I am choosing to change. In the past few months I have been deeply convicted by my prayerlessness when it comes to other people I know, let alone nations and governments.

As I’ve been paying attention to and praying about the corruption in our government, and the repulsive sin in this country’s leadership, I have gotten glimpses of how offensive all sin is to God.

There are droves and droves and droves of Christians who have found far too much of their comfort and identity in demonic influences and the occult. It sounds dramatic to say it that way, but when you examine it, that’s what it is. It’s not just entertainment and exercise. And if you feel offended, you should ask yourself why. Why not at least consider whether or not what you’re building so much of your life and identity and imagination around might actually be interfering with the purity that God is calling you to? {1 Thessalonians 4:7, Ephesians 5:12}

I think one of the biggest pitfalls American Christians have is the pride of being wise in our own eyes . . . leaning on our own understanding . . . ill-prepared to truly live lives of discernment. We should not a people of “guilty pleasures.”

There is a sense in which sin’s consequences manifest in varying degrees of destruction for a season, but the more passive you are – the less you resist it – the stronger its hold and the greater its magnitude of damage. Spiritual realities are absolute and distinct. If something is not pure, it is – by definition – impure.

The devil exists and we should not give him anything at all to work with, especially now of all eras {Ephesians 4:27, Revelation 12:12} . . . there is nowhere near the amount of “neutral” territory as we like to believe. Evil always takes advantage of ambiguity {E.K. Chesteron}. It’s not ok for christians to continue to excuse the “socially acceptable sins” of sexual immorality. If pleasing people were our goal, we would not be Christ’s servants {Galatians 1:10}.

It’s not ok to invest hours and energy into The Bachelor(ette) or Game of Thrones or Tiger King or pornography and then post condeming statements and memes about non-believers who are less ashamed of their sexual promiscuity and sin. Spiritually, it’s the same. We are not just bodies and biology. We are spirits with souls in earth-suits. We cannot successfully compartmentalize our personhood for the purpose of mentally satisfying sinful appetites. It’s not less sinful to indulge in immoral entertainment just because you’re not actually doing anything with your body. It still grieves the heart of God.

From Love’s perspective, an unrepentant pedophile and an unrepentant binger of sleazy netflix series and an unrepentant pastor who is committing adultery and an unrepentant practictioner of the occult are all ineligible for the feast in His kingdom {Revelation 22:15}. All the other nuances we spend so much time dissecting become irrelevant in the consuming fire of His holiness {Hebrews 12:29}.

And the antidote is simple: pursue purity.

Don’t resent it, or ignore it, or appease it, or placate it.

Don’t sell people for sex.

Don’t use sex for financial gain or self-medication.

. . . Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people.

. . . Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. // Flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart . . .

walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh

Galatians 5:16

. . . 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.

If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Ephesians 5 // 1 Timothy 6:11 // 2 Timothy 2:22 // Galatians 5:16-25

As I was thinking about these things . . . meditating on love as my armor, grieving over the court case we’re not loud enough about, and recognizing how much place this nation has given to the actual, spiritual enemy through sexual sin . . . I had an image come to mind of what it looks like for me to faithfully await King Jesus’ majestic return: it’s in armor head to toe with a sword in my hand; and underneath it all, I am living in a wedding dress. It is the armor of Love + a righteousness consciousness that keeps us unstained from the world.

. . . & & // take heart.

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