Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.

Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man, 1734

Why is it that we are warned to not even dabble in the things that are not good for us? Simple. It is because that is where the proverbial slippery slope starts. What starts out small can end up with us embracing something which we would have abhorred if presented with it at the beginning of the slippery slope. We come to the point where we accept with open arms those things that would have disgusted us on sight before our trip down that slope.

So never take that first step. Don’t accept those things that seem to be widely accepted in this world nowadays. Even ten years ago things that are now proudly flaunted publicly were hidden from the public because they weren’t widely accepted. Be careful what you accept as the norm. Stay above it all, and stay well away from that first slippery step. Don’t let yourself give up your values because the “norm” is against them. Scripture has referred to members of the church as a “peculiar people.” (1 Peter 2:9) This is going to be more and more true as the world’s views wander further and further from the truths of the gospel.

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