You Have Played the Harlot

Do not rejoice, O Israel, with joy like other peoples, for you have played the harlot against your God. You have made love for hire on every threshing floor.

Hosea 9:1 (NKJV)

I love westerns. If you watch a lot of the westerns that are on television, you will see the recurring theme of the dancehall girls being thrown out of town. All the so-called “good” women of the town; seemed to enjoy the opportunity to call those women, “harlots.”

Harlot: a person given to low conduct; a rogue; a cheat; a rascal.

I noticed that most of the time, the women being thrown out of town were not that different from the women doing the throwing.

We see the same situations today. Just because someone dresses differently, maybe talks different, maybe their skin is a different color. None of this is a reason to throw someone out of the United States, out of our community, out of our church. If we did this, who would be left?

We would not be able to allow travelers from another country, travelers from another state, no one from the next town over, no one outside our family. Who would be allowed to come to our country and spend their money? Who would be allowed to visit our church and who would be good enough to visit our home?

John 3:16 tells us that God loves the “world,” not just those we think are good people. We don’t even qualify as good people by our definition. Does this mean that we don’t even qualify as someone that God would love? If we go by our definition, then no. If we use God’s standards, we do.

I think we should let God be the judge.

What does it mean to “Play the Harlot?” Simple, anyone who pretends to be a Christian and still believes they can continue to sin against God have turned to the God of lust and have no part in God’s plan.

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

Romans 8:15 (NKJV)

When we are saved and join the church, we become a part of the body of Christ. When this happens, we are also part of the family of God. God becomes our “Heavenly Father.” As any father would do, God begins to shape us and mold us to “look like Christ.”

God doesn’t use punishment or bribery to shape us. God uses His word (2 Tim. 3:16-17) to equip us to be “like Christ.”

If we study God’s word as we should, God is able to teach us the things we need to know and use as we Grow in Christ. If we do other things and allow them to distract us, then we are playing the harlot against God.

You can call them Idols or false gods or whatever you want to call them, however, they make you a harlot because you cheated on God. You used the time you needed to study God’s word to enjoy an idol and in doing so, you worshiped a false God.

In my sermons and teachings, I have found that if I say there is no sin allow after salvation, the ones who try to be the best Christians verbally attack me an fight for their right to sin. Those who don’t profess to be Christians never say a word.

As a Christian, I have no desire to sin. I enjoy my status as part of Christ. I also enjoy the fact that I am also a part of God. That’s what most Christians don’t realize. If we have the Holy Spirit of God living in us (John 14:17) then we are part of God and God is part of us. We have the perfect unity and have become one person in Christ.

What about you? Have you become a child of God who lives God’s word every day, or “do you fight for your right to sin and “play the harlot?”