Short Soapbox moment….
We just finished up Beth Moore’s study of the Book of Daniel. It is an amazing, in-depth study. It is very intense, but sheds a lot of light on the culture we are living in today. Something troubling my heart tonight is that this message, one of the messages of Daniel, is one that so many need to hear:
“YOU CANNOT USE A HOLY VESSEL FOR UNHOLY ACTS.”
Daniel Chapter Five tells how the king of Babylon ordered the sacred vessels that had been removed from the temple of God be brought to him to be used as utensils for “the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines” to drink from during a drunken feast. Big mistake. That act cost him his kingdom and his life — on the very same night the sacred vessels were desecrated.
Our culture today tells our young women that it is OK to use their bodies in ways that do not bring honor to God. Let me give you a heads up… CULTURE LIES! CULTURE LIES! CULTURE LIES! Did I mention that CULTURE IS A BIG, FAT, STINKING, CHEATING, LIFE-DESTROYING LIAR. It tells you that you will have fun, be seen and be satisfied. What it does not tell you is the tormented moments that follow when your mind is flooded with flashbacks of things you would rather forget, moments you wish you could get back and actions you wish you could take back.
The road that God would have us take does not lead down that path. It makes me sad that our young women have so little regard for the valuable vessels that they are and how the plan He has for their lives is much richer and fuller than momentary gratification.
“King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them. While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them. So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone. Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote.” Daniel 5:1-5 (NIV)
What did the handwriting say? Read the first five chapters of Daniel to get a clue.
… Off Soapbox.