Thursday, October 17, 2013

Saved and Shacking Up?!

Sin is a slippery slope. Even for those of us who believe in the word of God and try to live by it. I use the word "try" because, although we serve a perfect God, none of us are perfect people. With that being said, we must keep ourselves out of situations in which we are tempted to sin.

For those who are not familiar with the phrase "shacking up", it is a term that has been used in the African-American community for decades to describe a man and woman who are not married but live together as if they are. Enjoying all of the benefits of the union without actually having one. The Bible teaches us in 

1Corinthians 6:18  

Flee fornication: Euery sinne that a man doeth, is without the body: but he that committeth fornication, sinneth against his owne body.

So it is established, and although the phrase "shacking up" is not used in the text, those of us who are of sound mind and have one shred of common sense understand that a man and woman sleeping together in the same bed, living as if they are husband and wife are going to fornicate. It never has, never was, and never will be about just living together.

On Wednesday night the second episode of the controversial reality show, "Preachers of LA" aired, and one of preachers, Deitrick Haddon was being counseled about marrying his fiancé with whom he already has a child. Another preacher on the show who just happens to be a Bishop, told Haddon that a Christian man marries the women that he loves, and they don't "shack up". Instead of accepting the wise counsel of this elder preacher, Haddon quickly went on the offensive, asking where it says in the Bible that "shacking up" is wrong. Haddon questioned the validity of the word of God by pretending not to know the principals of the word. He was making an attempt to justify his carnal needs, and playing a dangerous game by misrepresenting the body of Christ to the entire world. He would be much better off serving one master than straddling the line between two.
When I sinned, I never pretended that it was anything more or less than what it was. When I was out there doing everything and anything that I was big enough, and bad enough to do, I never pretended to be something that I wasn't, and I never had a congregation, a record deal, or a TV show.


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