Just Say No

“He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house.” Proverbs 7:8

I began teaching and coaching at a high school when I was 23 years old. Early in my first year some of the kids invited me to a party. Without thinking much about it I went, but it wasn’t long before I realized I didn’t belong there. The parents of the girl hosting the party were not there and alcohol was being consumed. I was only a few years older than most of the kids, but I was a teacher and they were students. There was too much that could go wrong in that scenario, and even if nothing did, my presence there could be perceived negatively. From that day on I made a bright line policy for myself to no longer attend student parties.

Now reread the verse above. It describes a young man purposefully walking toward temptation. It’s specifically focused on sexual temptation, but it can be applied to temptation in general as well. It’s a warning not to walk in the direction of temptation. Walking toward temptation is like lighting a match and holding it under a piece of paper and then praying the paper doesn’t burn.

Look at what it says about this young man in Proverbs 7:21-23 as he walked toward the temptation of the adulterous woman. “With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.”

Don’t flirt with disaster. Don’t walk toward temptation or toy around with it. Instead, make yourself a bright line policy to just say no to going to places or to putting yourself in situations where nothing good can happen.

Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church