Mental Deficiency

August 7, 2012

Mental Deficiency

            The majority of young people have sufficient mental capacity to be able to receive a basic education.  They may not get the best grades, but at least they are able to pass from one grade to the next.  Young people may have sharper minds than their parents, but they need to keep in mind that their parents have more wisdom.

Young people are taught in church, and many times by their parents, that there are biblical moral standards, and that it’s to their advantage to respect and keep them.  Most young people understand that these standards are logical and for their well being.  They may even make a mental decision to keep the standards in their life.

However, there comes a time in the life of many young people when, for some reason, those biblical standards, that before seemed reasonable and logical, are transformed into rigid, puritanical restrictions.  There opens before them a broader way that offers to them some extremely exciting experiences and they see no reason why they shouldn’t enjoy them.  In fact, it almost seems like it would be foolish not to take advantage of them.  Their scholastic ability hasn’t diminished in the least, but suddenly they have a mental block in their understanding of moral and spiritual values.  Even those who are believers are in danger of this mental deficiency if they neglect their relationship with the Lord.  They are less disciplined in their church attendance and spend more time with their worldly friends.

Young man, young lady, if your mind is functioning as it should, you will not be tempted to take drugs.  You will say to yourself, “I would be a fool to expose myself to anything that could enslave me to a habit that could make me a criminal.” As far as alcohol and smoking are concerned, if your thinking right,  you will say, “I have nothing to gain and much to lose by doing what could leave my mind befuddled and ruin my health.” When you are faced with the temptation of sexual impurity I’m sure you will say, “Why should I put myself at risk of losing the bliss of a happy marriage in exchange for a few moments of carnal pleasure?” How are you thinking?   If these things are a temptation to you, it may be an indication that you are in danger of losing your mental capacity to think soundly about moral and spiritual values.

Young person, if you are still with me, and I trust you are, I want you to ask yourself, “What should I do to make sure I don’t fall victim to this mental deficiency?”  I want to suggest some things you can do.

1.  If you haven’t accepted Christ as your Savior, you should know that that’s your greatest need.  If you are not sure that you have, you need to make sure.  It’s a matter of placing your faith and trust in Christ.  Then you need to pray to God from your heart.  You need to tell him that you know that you are a sinner and ask for his forgiveness and salvation.  Jesus said “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”  (John 6:37).

2.  If you are a child of God you need to stay in a close relationship with God.  Don’t let your heart get cold to the things of God.  Every day you need to have a time set aside to read your Bible and pray.  Sometimes it’s a struggle to make it a habit, but with persistence it’s possible.

3.  Be selective in choosing your friends.  If you spend much of your time with those who have low moral standards you are going to be influenced by them.  It may be that your Christian friends aren’t the most popular and don’t have a lot of athletic ability, but they can do for you what others can’t do.

It’s sad to see what happens to young people who suffer from this mental deficiency.  They do things that bring them and their families into shame and disgrace.  Because of some imprudent decisions, they disqualify themselves from success and many of the enjoyments of life.

Be careful that you don’t fall victim to this mental deficiency.  Wrong is wrong and right is right, no mater how you look at it.  Take to heart what the Bible says.  “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart”  (II Timothy 2:22).  “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (I Corinthians 10:12). Don’t be rebellious like God’s people sometimes were in the Old Testament.  Micah, one of God’s prophets, said that they “hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones; then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings” (Micah 3:2,4).  He had to say that of them because it was too late for them to turn back.  They had already done too much damage.  Many suffer in this life because of the damage they did in their youth.  They suffered from mental deficiency and made bad decisions that they have to live with.


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