“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
It is every man’s battle. We are surrounded by sex constantly–in movies, on TV, video games, music, the Internet. Is it any wonder that it feels impossible to stay sexually pure in our thoughts, words and deeds. But, it is not an excuse. Also, not every man is contesting for the most influential leadership position in the world. There needs to a higher standard.
For Christians this is a very important message to those who are in leadership positions particularly in the church but also to those Christians who are in leadership positions in government, public and private institutions. Leadership requires allowing ourselves to be held accountable. However, we live in a society where personal accountability has become secondary to environmental influence and the umbrella of mental health issues.
America is on the verge of becoming morally bankrupt. In a May 9, 2016 post on Facebook, Rev. Franklin Graham said “What happens when you remove biblical standards and leadership from a country? Moral bankruptcy, that’s what.” We live in a culture that says in regards to sexual mores:
- There is no accountability legally for what you think.
- There is no accountability for what you say.
- There is little to no accountability for what you do with consent.
Reasons for not reporting assault vary among individuals, but one study identified the following as common: (from National Institute of Justice)
- Self-blame or guilt.
- Shame, embarrassment, or desire to keep the assault a private matter.
- Humiliation or fear of the perpetrator or other individual’s perceptions.
- Fear of not being believed or of being accused of playing a role in the crime.
- Lack of trust in the criminal justice system.
As Christian men we need to hold ourselves to a much higher standard than society holds offenders. Will we fail the mission that has been given us to protect the virtue of all women? It is we that must say NO!