Are you familiar with the picture of the 3 monkeys covering their eyes, ears and mouth? Do you know the saying that goes with them? It is: “Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil… have no fun.” This was a very popular quote when I was young. The quote is not really popular now, but the thought still is.
What “evils” tempt us today? Tempt you? Our country as a whole teaches that sex will make you happy, and it is perfectly fine to be in a physical relationship with someone perhaps that you just met or live with someone until you don’t want to anymore. It will make you “happy”. If you are married but realize there is another person who is your “soulmate”-divorce your spouse and be with your soulmate…only then will you be “happy”.
At a more “teenage” level, perhaps you often see that Biblical standards are antiquated and remove a LOT of fun from your life-whether it is the movies we do or don’t watch, the words you can or can not use, or the clothes you should or should not wear.
Newsflash-its a lie. Oh, maybe you will be “happier” with these things for a moment, but that won’t endure. Ask anyone who has really tried it. Ask the person who is divorced and tried the “soulmate” option. Ask a friend who has engaged in sex at your age and that relationship has now ended. Seeking the “god” of “happiness” by these means is empty. From the outside it looks like a good idea (which is Satan’s, the Deceiver, exact purpose to convince you), but the reality doesn’t match up. It is what the Scripture tells us today-these idols of happiness “do not speak”, “ do not hear”, “do not smell”-they look good, but in the end are dead, just like a stone idol back in Biblical times.
Times have not changed. In Psalms, idols were cast promising “blessings” they never fulfilled, in my day- monkeys were created telling me that no evil=no fun, and in your day, memes, tweets and popular thought will try to convince you that you are missing out by seeking God’s ways. But it is all a lie… the same lie spoken of the very first time in the garden-that God was “out to get you”, to “prevent you from having fun.” And we all know what happened when that lie was believed! Let’s make sure we don’t fall for it again!