Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

“I will set nothing wicked before my eyes…” (Ps 101:3, NKJV).

“I have made a covenant with my eyes...” (Job 31:1, KJV).

“Rejoice, young  man, while you are young, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth [appreciation of the blessings of life]. Follow the inclination of your heart and the desire of your eyes [legitimate desires and needs], but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment” (Eccl 11:9). Note also 2 Tim 2:22.

“A gracious woman gets honor, but she who hates virtue [moral excellence, sexual purity] is covered with shame” (Prov 11:16).

“ ‘But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart [a serious violation of God’s marital concept of a one-woman man or one-man woman (Gen 2:24; Matt 19:5,6; 1 Tim 3:2; 5:9)]’ ” (Matt 5:28, NASB).

“Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers— none of these will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor 6:9,10).

“For this is the will [desire] of God, your sanctification [holiness – the work of a life time]: that you abstain from fornication; that each one of you know how to control your own body in holiness and honor, not with lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one wrong or exploit [take advantage of, misuse] a brother or sister in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, just as we have already told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God did not call us to impurity but in holiness. Therefore whoever rejects this rejects not human authority but God, who also gives His Holy Spirit to you” (1 Thess 4:3-8).

“Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness [unbridled lust]” (Gal 5:16,19).

...for God will judge fornicators [illicit sexual intercourse (or general sexual activity) between unmarried persons] and adulterers [illicit sexual intercourse (or general sexual activity) between persons other than spouses. Can also be seen as a relationship with some one other than your spouse that involves any mental or physical inappropriate interest or activity]” (Heb 13:4).

“You shall not commit adultery” (Ex 20:14).

“...for I promised you in marriage to one husband, to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ…” (2 Cor 11:2).

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others” (Phil 2:3,4).


Giving Credit Wrongly

Tell me, have you seen the actors who on receiving an award,
Not only thank all those gathered, but amazingly, thank the Lord?
The fact of the matter is, that pleased, God certainly wouldn't be,
Both with how they got that award, and any credit given He.

You see, God does not condone sexual immorality,
And that such pervades many movies, we know is reality.
Hence why wherever there’s a TV, very frequently is seen,
Two married actors acting very intimately in some scene.

Now that is adultery, which their kissing alone makes a fact,
However, the celluloid with even more evidence is packed.
Thus, is it any wonder that feelings between these actors grow,
That harm each others (real life) marriage, and the seeds of divorce sow.

Christians shouldn’t watch such intimate scenes, given what God’s Word conveys,
As any Christian who watches such, their God clearly disobeys.
Such acted sexual presentations in their life don't belong,
For though these actors are just acting, their act's real, and very wrong.

No, it isn’t just a harmless kiss that these married actors share,
But rather, an immoral action at which Christians shouldn’t stare.
Kisses aside, sexual intimacy God has very plainly said
Shouldn’t occur or be seen outside of the marital bed.

Such actors who give God some credit for their dubious award,
Are giving credit wrongly, thereby grossly offending the Lord.
It’s clear that they know little about the Holy righteous God above,
Who’ll soon dispense His justice, (wrath), having first warned us out of love.

Why is it that married actors their own marriages jeopardize,
Via this intimacy with others that is wrong and most unwise?
Why do they allow themselves to behave in such a foolish way,
For they, via such intimate action, gross unfaithfulness display?

And others also credit God with the success that they have found,
Like singers whose lyrics and actions with iniquity abound.
They too, appear to be unaware that God cannot bless their act,
For it too, with the immoral (and its sensual beat) is packed.

Besides, our God isn’t into fame, for such just engenders pride,
Yes, it’s a very slippery slope, a pathway that's worldly wide.
Any who desire adulation, or any earthly acclaim,
Will hardly bring glory to God, nor rightly uphold His Holy name.

Yes, giving credit wrongly to the Holy righteous God on high,
Isn’t something that we should do, as it’s effectively a lie.
Such will falsely portray God, and no Christian such a thing should do,
So tell me, how well do you know God? Is your witness false or true?

By Lance Landall

Note comments under the poem "There's No Virtue in Pretense"