It’s interesting to me that Paul begins this section with a plea for sexual purity. In fact, he spends a lot of time on this; after just exhorting the Thessalonians to live in a way that is pleasing to God. This is what Paul writes in verses 3-8: “3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. 7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. 8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.” I think that one of the most attacked and yet clear teaching in the Bible is that sexual activity should take place only between a man and a woman in the context of marriage. Yet that idea is mocked as old fashioned in some circles and homophobic in others. The church just has to get this right. If we don’t get sexuality right, it has such negative consequences for so much of society. I personally believe that sexual sin is the most “costly” sin of all in our society. I pray that you heed the warnings and the blessing promised regarding sexuality. I don’t normally talk about politics and I guess my words here are not specific to politics but it’s interesting to me that in the recent controversy involving political officials in the state of VA, the attorney general is in trouble for dressing up like an African American rap star; in part by putting brown makeup on and another man is in trouble with two sexual assault allegations; of which he denies, saying that both sexual encounters were consensual. Though obviously I have no way of knowing what is true, let’s just assume that there was no assault. Which is worse and which is more “disqualifying”….a young man dressing up in costume or another man, I think also pretty young though an adult, having sex, with two different women to whom he was not married? Isn’t it interesting that the sex before marriage isn’t considered disqualifying at all…though it would have been years ago? Consider how far our society has come in even thinking that sexual sin is a negative trait in someone’s life. Yet God is clear. Again, I hope you heed His words.