What Are You Looking At?
by Randy Chambers, 2014-10-26
Matthew 5:27-28, NIV: You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit
adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already
committed adultery with her in his heart.
There is a saying among many these days, that, “It’s ok to look, as long as you
don’t touch.” I was not too surprised one Sunday morning, to find that my
high school boys' Sunday school class members agreed with that philosophy. What
was surprising to me, was that none of them had ever heard Jesus’ words, “anyone
who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his
heart.” But my surprise was nothing compared to their astonishment. They could
not believe their ears. They were not quite certain how to respond. Their
understanding of the “laws of attraction” had been contradicted within the
reading of a sentence. “Oh, they’re not hurting anyone,” some will say.
Yet what society often accepts, Jesus often calls sin. Christ never
nonchalantly dismisses wrong behavior as “only natural.” He simply exposes sin
for what it is. And He requires us to see it as He does--to repent of
it--and to believe what He says about it, rather than listening to the philosophy
of the world.