The small group Bible study at the jail finished up our time in Romans last night with a little bit of time left over; so we had a free flowing discussion on other topics. When you’re talking with a group of men that are incarcerated the subject of food and women seem to always be on the top of the list. This time it happened to be women.
One of the men brought up a conversation he had with another minister. He said, “He told me his problem wasn’t with drugs or alcohol but women.” Of course everyone in our little circle chuckled and agreed. One of the guys said, “That’s me too!”
We talked a bit about how God wants us to be completely real and honest with him. We looked at a few Psalms and talked about how David was so raw, and sometimes seemed angry, even depressed, as he poured out his troubles to God. Even still his prayers tended to end in praise with him saying something like “But I have trusted your lovingkindness; My heart shall rejoice in your salvation, I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.” Once he vented his frustration about his situation he would leave it with God knowing he was still in charge and had his best interest at heart.
Our conversation moved toward the ladies so we turned to 1 Corinthians 6:12-20. We read how our bodies are not our own, and they are now members of Christ, so we can’t use them anyway we want especially not for immoral acts. Corinthians asks us “Shall I take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute?” The answer of course is implied but just so no one gets it wrong it says, “May it never be!”
We talked of how a marriage relationship between a man and women is really a picture of our relationship with God. I shared with them how when a woman marries a man all he has becomes hers whether it’s debt or riches. In just the same way when someone is joined to Christ they inherit all he has. Believers are heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ. We are justified, righteous, holy and blameless as he is. That’s sounds almost too good to be true, but according to the scriptures it is, so our job is to place simple faith in the truth of the Word.
As we read through Corinthians six we paused for a minute at one particular phrase found in verse 18 “Flee immorality” or “sexual” immorality. I told the guys there may be many spiritual battles we will face and many of them we fight by standing, as we are told in Ephesians six but this particular battle won’t be won that way. When it comes to the battle against sexual misconduct the only solution is RUN! While they all had a laugh because of my shouting RUN! This is the truth. We must take intentional action in order to protect ourselves when it comes to this type of temptation.
As we finished up our time together I shared with them something I recently heard about Billy Graham. Billy Graham is one of a very few famous preachers that has never been caught up in any scandals involving sex or the misappropriation of funds. His grandson said, “That’s because early on in his travels to share the gospel he and several of his other twenty-something friends made an agreement. They determined to never be alone with any women in an elevator, car or room, other than their wives.” As far as the money part goes he said, “The ministry handled all the money and wrote Billy out a check so he never had an occasion to be involved with the funds in any way.” You see they lived their lives with vigilance and determination to be on the up and up when it came to women and money. Let us take heed to what Peter wrote “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” With that we bowed our heads, prayed and parted ways till next time.