A life changing story and a great illustration

THE LAW OF GOD IS WRITTEN ON EVERY MAN’S HEART

I received a call one day from an organization known as Inner City Impact in Chicago. The man asked me if I would be interested in addressing their youth group at a weekend retreat. I said, “I would love to address your youth group. What would you like me to teach on?” The answer was, “Sexual purity.” I gulped, and asked what age group they were and the answer was, “High School.”  My heart sank as I hung up the phone. I remember thinking to myself, I would much rather be locked up in a maximum security prison and preach on the love of God, rather than face these young people, and try to convince them that purity is the best way to go. Please don’t misunderstand. I believe with all my heart that this is one of the most critical issues of our day, and it needs to be addressed. My problem was, I had never preached on that particular subject to that particular age group before, and I don’t like to preach unless I have something compelling to say.

At the retreat, I had approximately 50 girls on my left, and 50 boys on my right. I asked the girls, “How would you like to know the three secrets that will make you the most eligible girl in your entire neighborhood for marriage?” I was met with a resounding, “Yes!” I said,  “A real man, a good man, will be looking for three things in a wife:

  • First, someone he can respect
  • Second, someone who is special
  • Third, someone who is a challenge

Now watch and listen very carefully.”

I walked over to the boys and said,

“Gentleman,  if you had the opportunity to marry one of two women,   both equally beautiful, both are equally talented, both are equally gifted, and both of them have dynamic personalities, in fact, they’re identical twins. The only difference between the two is, one of them has had multiple sexual partners, and the other one is a virgin. How many will take the virgin? Raise your hands.”

Without hesitation, all of them smiled and raised their hands. I said,

“Gentleman, keep your hands right where they are!”

I walked back over to the girls and said,

“Ladies, I don’t care what they’re telling you in the back seat of the car on Saturday night, take a good look at ’em now, because there’s the naked truth!”

I could see many of them turning their heads like curious puppies, obviously thinking to themselves, “Wow, there’s a revolutionary concept. I never thought of that before.”

I went on to say,

“For those of you who are still virgins, just remember that you can always become like the girls who are not, but they can never become like you. As for those who have lost their virginity, I have some good news for you. It’s never too late to start living right. The next best thing is ‘secondary virginity.’ You can decide today to remain celibate. If you have to wait one, two, five, or ten years for the right man to come along, and you tell him you have been waiting for him all that time, I guarantee you he will think you are someone he can respect, you are special, and you are  a challenge.”

They all applauded!

Contrary to those who claim there is no such thing as absolute truth (which apparently is the only thing that is absolutely true), we live in a moral universe with an absolute standard of right and wrong. Every man, from the beginning of time until the end of the world, whether or not he has ever read a Bible or even heard of Jesus Christ, knows in his heart it’s wrong to murder, it’s wrong to steal, it’s wrong to lie, and it’s wrong to have another man’s wife. He knows it “instinctively.” Whether he will admit it or not, that’s another story.

I saw a number of these kids a few years later at a church in Chicago. They told me, that story opened their eyes and they are waiting for Mr. Right.

Even children recognise injustice when they see it. The points are, the moral law of God is written on every man’s heart and, it’s never too late to start living right!

Blessings,

Phil

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