(Proverbs 19:10 KJV) Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
If “delight” (luxury NASB) (8588) is not appropriate for a fool, is it okay for the wise? I am not so sure. As I look at the word I don’t see it being used in a positive way. The word itself simply means exquisite and dainty but the way it is used always seems to have some context of misuse and poor focus. It seems to be one of those qualities that can be genuinely enjoyed but has a tendency to be misused.
Does wisdom and maturity make us immune to the potential seduction? No. With the strength and insight that sometimes comes from time it might make us skilled in handling the luxurious safely. There might be times when it is necessary. Even with that said, it is important that we not assume. Can you go to the corner bakery that has a case full of fluffy pastries and fresh brewed coffee, enjoy a treat and move on? I am not sure I would be successful even though it would be within the path of righteousness. In some areas I know my limitations.
So? Can real men wear pink? Yes. Should real men wear pink? That is another question. We need to answer those kind of questions with thoughtfulness and prayer.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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