The Bible has all we need to live productive, healthy, fulfilling lives. So, do what it says.
Even though we have not, nearly, perfected this life, there's a reason why we don't do what the Bible says. It's because there's someone who has been granted rule over this world, an actual person who has one thing in mind: bring as many down with him as possible. Satan has a huge say in what is going on in our world. Can you really doubt this truth? How else can you explain the fact that, after all our history of hatred in this world and what it leads to, it is still alive and well. Love is truly the answer, but we're ignoring the very source of love.
To choose love is to choose the one good choice. Any kind of important decision that you or I make is either a good choice or a bad choice, there is no in between. You're either doing it God's way or you're doing it Satan's way. You're either going to address your sin and call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, or you're going to ignore your sin and fend for yourself. You're either going to admit that God's love is the only love that works or you're going to keep trying your definition of love. What are you going to do? The Bible gives the only clear definition of love and how to practice it - "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." (1 John 4:10)
Remember the reason for this post: The inability to connect the dots between our culture of sexual harassment and our culture of open sexuality. Part of why I will be able to never give up, never stay silent, and leave it all on the field once I die, is that slowly but surely I will care less and less about what people think of me. I have no choice now but to be a voice that speaks up for the full respect of women. I don't want it to be just publicized respect, or public relations respect, or a social media official statement, but full respect. I have done this already doing away with pornography in my life. I will do this moving forward by contributing to every effort that would rid this world of pornography and I will speak out against how pornography and our sexualized culture treats women and promotes them as objects. Pornography, quite clearly, defines women as objects, not real, thinking, productive members of our community. Let's be honest, the SI Swimsuit Issue is not really a swimsuit issue, for it's filled with swimsuits that nobody will ever wear on models who look (before and after the photo altering) unlike almost any other woman in the world. It feeds into the fantasy world of men who say, "that's the kind of woman I deserve." It feeds us the lie that women's bodies define them before their minds and hearts define them.
In my concluding post, I'll lay out what our role is, then, in a culture that seems uncontrollably over-riden with sexual messages.