Friday, January 9, 2009

Be Not the Reason

I believe that each one of us is responsible for our own actions. We sin because we give in to the temptation to sin but God said in Romans 16:17, "I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them." God doesn't only acknowledge the "temptation" but He is also telling us to stay away from them. Proverbs 12:26 says "The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray."

But how about if you are in a situation wherein you just can't avoid them?

In the Philippines or I guess even here in America not all Catholic churches have dress codes. It is very annoying and unnerving to see woman who wears mini skirts, shorts, body-fitting clothes, revealing outfits and also man who seems to be like going to the beach or malls. I can also clearly remember to see young people who sits as if they were watching a movie. Also, I couldn't forget the people who sat in front of us last week, I guess, who talked and laughed about other things. Isn't it disappointing?

How about seeing young couples in public places displaying their affection? It is really hard not to talk about them especially when they are kissing from the moment they enter the train until the last stop and you are with somebody who is equally irritated like you. Isn't it we sin through our thoughts, deeds and words?

I know I shouldn't mind them but I just hope these people would also think about the people around them. It is not just about not wanting to sin but also being them a sore to my eyes and a pollutant to my mind. They cause my mind to wander when I am in church. The kissing love birds also causes me to have a stiff neck. I don't want to see them kiss. Couldn't they notice that?


Anonymous said...

Certainly we should be responsible for our actions! But today there is no fear of God so people are brazenly following their shameful needs blaming psychology and sociology. There is no belief in a judging God.

This post triggered another award for your blog, namely the Truth Award. You must pick it up here.

Phil Duncalfe said...

Its an interesting post and I do agree to some extent. The only thing I'm wary of is your reaction to people in church. I don't think churches should have a dress code. Yes it is distracting if a woman dresses in immodest clothing but maybe they're in a place where they don't know any better. If we stick down rules blocking people from being who they are in church then we are going to have lots of empty pews. Church needs to point people to Jesus, including the women in tight clothes, men looking to go to the beach etc. Then when those people see Jesus they will want to be more modest, more considerate. Welcome the people in church that are distracting you, they may not know Jesus as well as you and may just need a loving face rather than a judging frown.

That said, seeing people be over the top with their affections in public is very annoying.

God bless,


penlighted said...

I agree with you Anders and thank you for the award.


Very well said Phil, I agree with you about welcoming people no matter who they are in the church but what I am pointing out is that I just hope they would also take consideration for the people who went to church to meet God.

They already did a step to know God better and that is by going and believing in His church and praying. And if they want to know Him more, I guess it won't hurt if they would also dress properly.

People can spend more time in preparing for a date. Why couldn't they do that if they go to church?

Thank you for your comment Phil and for also for following.

God bless you more!