Empty Seats

Several weeks ago, I read that officials expected Wednesday’s concert featuring Britney Spears at the new Qwest Center to be sold out. Although thousands did attend the concert and wildly cheered the featured star, there were many empty seats. The concert was not sold out, and many who held tickets decided not to attend. Those who decided not to attend identified Britney’s immodest dress, suggestive choreography, and obscene lyrics as major factors in their deci­sion.

If we are going to preserve the morality of our nation, we must pray for more people who refuse to support entertainers who treat doing wrong like a sport and who lip sync perverse lyrics. Proverbs 10:23 says, “Doing wrong is like sport to a fool, but wise conduct is pleasure to a person of understanding.” A few verses later, the same writer says, “The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverted” (Proverbs 10:3).

While we are praying for more empty seats at pop concerts, we should also pray for fewer empty seats at church. While a fraction of the seats at the Qwest Center were empty Wednes­day night, the majority of the seats were empty for Wednesday evening Bible study. Let us pray that church seats will be filled with people who take great pleasure in wise conduct and in lips that bring forth what is acceptable.

David R. Mills

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