For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil; But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two- edged sword. Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of hell. Lest you ponder her path of life— Her ways are unstable; You do not know them. Therefore hear me now, my children, And do not depart from the words of my mouth. Remove your way far from her, And do not go near the door of her house (Proverbs 5:3-8)~~
The American version of the Christian faith has so focused on loving everyone and accepting people just as they are that it has seen its children go shipwreck. The Old Testament king didn’t have a problem saying, “stay away” from the woman whose speech was “smoother than oil” and whose “feet go down to death”. Today, your preacher, your friend, your Bible study leader, your neighbor, your teacher, your boss, and your TV may tell you that all people are worthy of our time and love, all people are equal, all people are loved of God just like they are. This proverb, however, says “stay away!”
Now such a comment is not so far from what your mother used to tell you, is it. She knew, intuitively, that some people were trouble, and would get you into trouble. Your mother, and King Solomon, were right. People who we THINK are friends because they act ‘cool’ ‘fun’ or ‘nice’ toward us may indeed lead us to our demise! Men are especially subject to the wooing words of the woman whose words drip honey. Let’s make a personal pledge to stay away from dangerous people, and teach our children to do the same. This does not mean that we cannot share the Gospel with them, but it does mean that we cannot build a fraternal relationship, which could lead to the dangers known all too well by King Solomon.