I remember the very first time I went to Disneyland with my wife, Juanita. It was late in the evening and we decided to get on the Indiana Jones ride before we went home. No one else was in line with us, so we had freedom to explore at our leisure. There is a section of the line where you are in a narrow hallway and there are some wood beams that appear to be holding up the ceiling. One of those beams, if you shake it really hard, will make a loud crashing sound and the ceiling appears to cave in.

I had been on the ride before, but Juanita had not. I wanted to surprise her, so when we got to that part of the line I called her over and quickly shook the wood beam. The room was filled with a loud crash as the ceiling began caving in right over us. With a smile on my face, I turned to see Juanita’s reaction, but she was nowhere to be found. She had fled the scene, bailed out on me, jumped ship — call it whatever you want, but she was gone!

To this day, we still laugh at the memory of her fleeing Indiana Jones. Juanita fled first and asked questions later, and that is a perfect illustration of what our reaction toward sexual immorality should be. Second Timothy 2:22 says, “Flee also youthful lusts.” The Greek word for “flee” is pheugo, which can also be translated, “to vanish.” When the opportunity for sexual immorality presents itself to us, we need to vanish, we need to disappear, we need to get as far away as possible and not look back!

As Christians, we know that sexual immorality defiles the body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit, it contaminates us with the sin of rebellion against God’s holy plans, it creates a oneness between two people that should not be, and it brings a slew of emotional, spiritual, and physical consequences. First Thessalonians 4:3 states, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality.”

So, is fleeing sexual immorality extreme and outdated? No way. In fact, it’s kind of like fleeing Indiana Jones — it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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