Back in the Old Testament, occasionally women got a bad rap. Like in the book of Proverbs. There are lots of things about immoral women and the pitfalls they create for men.
But, for the most part, immoral women attract immoral men so there’s no blaming one gender over the other here.
And no, I’m not going to go into identifying as an immoral man or immoral woman. I’m just going to stick with “X” and “Y” chromosomes and leave the crazy however many genders they’ve supposedly identified out there with Bigfoot and aliens from outer space.
I hope you aren’t offended but life is confusing enough with just men and women.
Ok, now back to the topic.
Proverbs 2:16 Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman,from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman. 17 She has abandoned her husband and ignores the covenant she made before God. 18 Entering her house leads to death;it is the road to the grave. 19 The man who visits her is doomed. He will never reach the paths of life.
Is God saying that adultery is all the woman’s fault?
Not at all!
Proverbs is divided mainly between two types of people, wise and foolish. God is saying that no matter how great that woman over there looks, no matter how skilled she is at seduction, a man has no excuse for falling for her but his own foolishness.
We are responsible for our actions no matter how much we want to blame the temptation.
And no, today’s topic is not just about adultery. It is about a lot of the houses I am tempted to visit.
I used to visit the house of cocaine. It seduced and wooed me as much as any person ever has. I entered that house and found it indeed led to death and the grave. I became doomed.
I blamed a lot of things, my depression, I worked nights and was tired, I needed something to clear my head (what a joke).
The truth is that I tossed wisdom aside to engage my inner simpleton and charged full throttle into a place I was completely out of control, reckless and lucky to live to tell about.
Yeah, this part of Proverbs is describing a lot of places we can go visit but shouldn’t.
It really seems that in this day and age, if you decide you aren’t visiting this house or that house, you get called foolish and stupid. People are wandering around to places they have no business in just because they are shamed if they don’t.
Fools don’t have a lot of respect for wisdom. They like to get in a huge mess and blame the immoral woman for it. Then they ridicule the one that avoids the mess.
Staying out of the house of whatever brings you down is not hate nor intolerance nor judgment. It is simply wisdom. If idiots don’t like it, well, that’s what idiots are supposed to do.
Just because a moron calls me stupid, doesn’t mean I should act stupid.
I’m not getting political here. I’m not talking about liberals or conservatives. I’m talking about liberals AND conservatives.
In this day and age, there is pressure to be stupid from both sides of the playing field. Everyone has their house of horrors they want us to enter.
Every day I have to resolve to grow some wisdom, to engage more brain cells and throw aside the pressure of the seduction of foolishness.
I have spent to much time in the bondage of my own making to chain myself to the shackles of yet another prison made of silly thinking and trying to make wrong right.
I cannot help anyone if I succumb to the attractions of sin. I know what is wrong for me. I cannot compromise on that.
But, at the same time, I also realize that it is God that convicts man of sin and leads him in the right direction. No amount of me ranting about what is right and wrong on this blog, posting hateful memes on Facebook, taking everyone else’s inventory or character assassinations is going to do what God can’t.
I guess that’s why Jesus told us to love others and clean our own eyes before we go looking for trouble in someone else.
It is hard to love people that seem to blurt out stupid with every word. But, who is as smart as they think they are? Who is really wise?
I can only cling to the hand that guides me the right direction and love the way he commanded me to love. After all, it is the greatest commandment, not the great suggestion.