Scars. They speak volumes. Sometimes, at a volume that is so uncomfortable. Growing up a clumsy kid, I have my share of physical scars. One scar that stands out is on my left knee. It happened when I was 8 years old. I decided to go play in a creek that my parents had repeatedly told me not to do, but of course, I did anyways and as I was climbing out of the creek I slipped in mud and slashed open my knee on the edge of a rock. I don't remember much of that day but the moments that stick out to me is the image of my dad carrying me out as I looked down at my leg completely covered in blood. I then remember the ER visit that I spent most of the time screaming at the top of my lungs because of the procedures it took to clean and stitch up that wound. Today in my 20's I am reminded of that day every time I look down at my knee. Sometimes when my hand brushes over my scar I can feel my body clenching as those scenes replay over in my head. Scars are not just something that sit there as a reminder, they are a constant flashback. Scars can be haunting, painful and just plain ugly. They are a reminder of what happened, who we were or what we did. People say scars bring healing but there are some scars that have made wounds so deep that we can not simply "get over it." A scar can dramatically change someones life. Scars are also a reminder of "what could have been." It makes the victim ask themselves what would I look like without these scars? How would the dynamics of my life have changed if I had never been wounded? To be honest, scars are more painful than people realize. And they are more powerful than we give credit. They can basically force us to walk around with a huge caution sign above our heads. Scars do two things:
Something scary is happening to our youth today. It’s intoxicating. It’s seeping into their lives and relationships, and into our culture and churches. It’s infiltrating their self-control. It has widened dramatically and is on the rise more than ever before. It’s so commonplace; we breathe it, feed on it, and want more of it. But yet, it’s so sly and so clever we don’t even notice it. Some choose to ignore it and others even embrace it. It’s been around since the fall of man. It’s carnality. What in the world is carnality? It’s our human nature. It’s finding satisfaction in our fleshly desires and appetites. It’s everywhere. This world has gone wild over it.
We see it in magazines, on the web, in a post, through a tweet, in the stores, in the movies, behind closed doors and in the restrooms. It is girls on girls and boys on boys. It’s a girl in her cyber bubble addicted to social media. It’s a guy addict to porn and masturbation. It’s a girl struggling with depression, cutting, and self-image. It’s a boy struggling with substance abuse. It’s pleasure and self-indulgence, and the list is endless. But what do you do as society’s morality decays? How can one fight this battle? Can one overcome the suffering of their addictions and fleshy desires?
With that said, this month the Remnant presents Gone Wild. The Remnant plans to tackle these questions and offer advice and encouragement based on a firm foundation of biblical principles. This month we will uncover and uncensor these raw, real, and deep struggles. We are moving away from simply sin management to actual freedom and healing.
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