The word prostitution has an immediately sexual connotation in most people’s minds, but according to the dictionary, the word has a secondary meaning of equal validity:
put (oneself or one’s talents) to an unworthy or corrupt use or purpose for the sake of personal or financial gain
betray; sacrifice; debase; degrade; demean; devalue’ cheapen; lower; shame; misuse; pervert; abandon one’s principles
Who doesn’t shutter when they see an avid church going youth who once used their talents to glorify God now displayed on in the latest music video shaking around half naked, promoting sexual promiscuity, and betraying their own self dignity, moral ethics and personal worth for the sake of popularity, fame and success in a perverse generation.
The scary thing is when I consider that the scriptures state that it is actually God who has given them over to demean themselves in this way, because He saw that in the depths of their hearts, it was their every desire to do so. To seek their own glory rather than the glory of the true and living God.
One of the scariest verses in the Bible is in Romans when Paul says:
Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain a knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.
We also see how the Sovereign Lord, in response to the misuse of our freewill, will give us over to believe any and every lie that the world gives us for validating our immoral and repugnant desires:
For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie
2 Thessalonians 2:11
But the reason that God would forsake the obstinate sinner is clear in the verse that precedes this one:
….because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved
2 Thessalonians 2:10
The Christian battle between the desires of the Spirit and the flesh is ongoing until we depart from this earth; not to mention the added attacks of our spiritual enemies who have thousands of ways of deceiving unstable souls; but to those who press on faithfully, not perfectly, but willingly to confess their short-comings, to pick themselves back up, to turn from the wrong road when they acknowledge that they have indeed wandered down it – back to the Lord their God, and to receive the gracious mercy and forgiveness that our heavenly Father poured out for all in sending His glorious Son to die on the cross of Jesus Christ, there is a treasure more valuable than anything that the temporary fading pleasures of this world could ever offer!
To those who delights in their depravity,
I am sorry for that person who mistreated you,
I apologize for the injustices you’ve faced,
I hope you can forgive that one that forsook you,
or that one who abused you,
I pray that the anger you feel will soon subside,
I wish that you would be courageous enough to love once again,
I think that you have so much to offer this world,
I get that it’s difficult to forget,
But I know that God’s love can heal every hurt,
I stand as a testimony of His goodness towards sinners,
I kneel to plea God’s mercy would sincerely reach you,
I want you to know that you don’t have to do it alone,
I need you to know that you are loved beyond measure
and I can’t wait for the day that you come home!
The Lord appear to us in the past saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. I will build you up again, and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt. Again you will take up your timbrels and go out to dance with the joyful. Again you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria; the farmers will plant them and enjoy their fruit. There will be a day when watchmen cry out on the hills of Ephraim, ‘Come, let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God.” This is what the LORD says: “Sing with joy for Jacob; shout for the foremost of the nations. Make your praise heard, and say, ‘LORD save your people, the remnant of Israel.’ See, I will bring them from the land of the north and gather them from the ends of the earth. Among them will be the blind and the lame, expectant mothers and women in labor; a great throng will return. They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel’s father, and Ephraim is my firstborn son. “Hear the word of the LORD, you nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: ‘He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.’