You remember Jonadab. He was the opportunistic enabler of Amnon’s sensual cravings for Tamar. Today, Jonadab would have earned a rich living on Madison Avenue. He was intimately familiar with the unholy trinity of youthful passions:
You can have it. You deserve it. Do what it takes to get it now.
This is the formula of TV commercials aimed at youth. They offer fast food, beer, cars, clothing, and safe sex all all nicely packaged in the self-serving phrase of drink responsibly. Paul was also aware of this unholy trinity when he warned a young Timothy to flee youthful passions.
Sin’s deceitfulness particularly targets teenagers and young people. Jonadab, in 2 Samuel 13, addressed the youthful lusts of Amnon. Amnon’s desires made him an easy target. He craved his sister, Tamar, and was willing to do whatever it took to satisfy his sensual passions. His headlong pursuit of immediate gratification had a fatal outcome. That is where living for the moment can lead. This is how teenagers and young adults are being encouraged in the 21st Century. What do you do? Somehow, simply saying, “Don’t do that!” rings empty.
For example, telling your children to be quiet because their play is preventing you from listening to the game will only reinforce the desire to live for the moment. Discipline must always have God as its focus. Teaching children to be considerate must be based upon God’s directions. Your game, in and of itself, has no more value than your children’s play.
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