“March Madness” has arrived! No, I’m not talking about the NCAA Basketball Tournament. But the annual “rite of passage” for many college students called “Spring Break”
This hedonistic, decadent, not-stop party extends from Miami’s South Beach, to South Padre Island and from Las Vegas to New Orleans. Various web articles tout the following headlines:
The Top 15 Trashiest Spring Break Destinations
Totally Wild and Trashy Spring Break
Be Wild For Spring Break
This quote, from one of the articles, pretty much sums up this moral morass.
When you’re in college, Spring Break is the ultimate in week-long partying (for us it was, at least). Those seven days or so are reserved for drinking, sun tanning, dancing, and you know, um, making out. But sometimes, things can get really raunchy — think Girls Gone Wild, but without Joe Francis and his camera crew breathing uncomfortably down your neck. If you wanna hit the hottest parties this coming Spring, you’re going to need to book now — and these four spots are perfect for stripping down, boozing hard, and getting your freak on.
The key words in these stories really tell us all we need to know: “Rowdy.” “Sexy girls.” “Hot bodies, ”Hookups.” “No abandon.” “Wild.” “Raunchy.” “Trashy.”
I have often said that you have to be on your guard because the devil is devious. He is Crafty. Cunning. Clever. Yet, it seems “the devil has come out of the closet” in the 21st century. There’s not much hidden in these Spring Break allurements. Our culture today is brazen. Bold. Bodacious. And unblushing.
It’s tempting to compare 2014 to the 1950’s when there were common values and morals that most of society deemed appropriate. Yet, as Paul Harvey once said “in times like these we need to remember there have always been times like these.”
The days of the Judges are summed up in this verse: “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Jud. 21;25). The Prophet Jeremiah condemned the abomination of Israel and said they could not even blush anymore! (Jer 6:12). The apostle Paul denounced the moral depravity of the Gentile world in no uncertain terms. “Futile.” “Foolish.” “Dishonorable.” “Debased.”
So while there are many temptations for our young people, it’s nothing new. The means and methods may change, but the basic problem is the same. The acceptance and tolerance for sinful behavior has become more prevalent in our generation, but it has always been there.
The Devil entices people today the same way as he tempted Eve to sin. The lust of the flesh. The lust of the eyes. The pride of life. Satan seeks to ensnare today’s youth with its empty promises. It’s on full display on Spring break’s beaches. Again nothing new. Paul spoke of people “Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.” (Eph 4:19)
So young Christians today, as well as others, need to remember that God calls us to be holy. Sanctified. Separate from the world’s allurements (Titus 2:11-14)
When the world invites, “Let’s party”, remember God says; “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.” (Eph. 5;18)
When the world rationalizes, “Everybody’s doing it!” God says, “Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed…” (Rom. 12:1)
When the world urges, “Go wild, get raunchy and have a good time,” remember God says not to do “what pagans choose to do — living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry” (1 Pet. 4:3-4).
When the world sings, “get your freak on,” remember God says, “Flee sexual immorality” (1 Cor 6:18).
And when the world is calling, “Come and have a good time,” remember God is pleading, “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” ‘I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Cor 6:17-18).
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman