The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence.
Living a pure life is hardly an easy task these days. Every day is inundated with things to tempt the eyes and the mind toward impure thoughts. One can hardly watch television or walk through a shopping mall without catching a glimpse of some display meant to trigger lustful imaginations. It’s simply everywhere.
The man who would be pure must take charge of his thoughts.
Now we know that temptation itself is not a sin. All of us are tempted. But the space between temptation and lustful thoughts isn’t a very wide gap. Yet, it is in that small space where purity must be defended. Let me explain…
God has promised an escape route when temptation comes. That means there’s a way out EVERY TIME! Something I’ve noticed about that escape route–it always comes very early in the temptation. Within seconds of seeing something that will draw your eyes, God sends the thought to turn away. He opens that window before we begin thinking about what we have seen or moving into position to look some more.
While I’m not qualified to identify the exact moment when temptation becomes sin, I think it’s probably when what we see becomes what we are thinking about. And by then, we’ve probably waved farewell to the alternate route God offered.
You see, if you let the tempting thought linger, you won’t be able to hold it off. Once you start dwelling on the moment, there’s too much of you pushing that train down the track to turn back. The temptation has gained a foothold and stopping the thoughts now become a task most of us lose.
So watch for the early escape opportunity. When you feel that “I shouldn’t look” pang run through the places beneath your forehead, turn around quickly. Redirect your eyes, redirect your thoughts. You can win this small battle before it becomes something too large to manage. And the more of these battles you win, the more you’ll keep winning. You might even end up training yourself to be pure in an impure world!