I try to collect my thoughts and be articulate before blogging. Not this time. Too much I could say - too many directions I could take.
So, for now, let me simply share some statistics I found during my daily study time. Maybe you can flesh this out for me...
In 2007 a major survey was taken among Christians, ages 24-42, asking which of the following behaviors they had engaged in the month before. Here is how they responded:
5% - Gave someone "the finger"
18% - Engaged in sex outside of marriage
24% - Became drunk
25% - Bought a lottery ticket
36% - Used profanity in public
36% - Veiwed sexually explicit material via magazine or movie
40% - Said mean things about others
What am I supposed to do with all this? It would appear ONE in THREE of us struggles in some way or another with sexual impurities. Almost ONE in FIVE indulge this weakness to adultrous proportions.
At the same time, we certainly abhor immoral behavior.
God have mercy on those FIVE out of a HUNDRED who gave someone the finger...
(Go buy the book: Un-Christian: What a New Generation Thinks About Christianity, by David Kinnaman. My stats came from pages 52-54, embedded within a great chapter on Christian hypocrisy. Sorry to all my profs in the GST for improper use of Turabian citation...Ha!)