More on Bathsheba….
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Sunday, July 15 2007 19:00|
I guess we struck a nerve with last Monday’s Weekly Briefing—“Every man has at least seen his Bathsheba. The attraction is not really the woman, but the ‘idea’ of the perfect version of that woman.”
Hopefully it was obvious that the early answers were the wrong ones. The idea was to let you “think out” the right answer for yourself. A few of you wanted my take. But first, here are the options again for a married man who has seen his Bathsheba.
So here’s my take: The first three answers are obviously nuts (“act out your lust,” “carry on a fantasy,” and “don’t worry because you are strong”).
Personally, I would be concerned about “appreciate her God-given beauty” standing alone (answer “d”) without adding the guts of answer “e”—“let it propel your mind to meditate on the greatness and goodness of the holy Creator.”
All or any combination of answers from “e” through “i” would be my choices.
In the article I suggested, “If you are single, by all means get to know the woman. If she loves Christ and the “real” version of her brings you joy, you are blessed.” Someone wisely wrote to remind us that Bathsheba was married!! So we had better amend that suggestion to include, “If you BOTH are single…..”
When I wrote last week’s article I was thinking about men who had seen their Bathsheba as a more or less one time deal—not about men who struggle with “regular” or “daily” sexual temptation. For that issue, one of our brothers came up with an option that may be the best idea of all! With his permission, here’s Mark’s idea…
Actually, I still think it would be better to tell your wife, but I recognize that may not be an option at the present time for many men. So Mark's idea is also good.
Thanks to everyone for the great feedback!
For the glory of Christ and no other reason,
Pat Morley, Ph.D.