Jesus and The Jersey Shore
Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.
Recently, the TV series “Jersey Shore” restarted. The original series involved drug and alcohol fueled young adults who traveled from New York to have fun at Seaside Heights, New Jersey, for the summer. Fun involved sex, drugs, alcohol, laced with attitudes of rebellion. The original series ended in 2012. “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” started in 2018 involving much of the same cast. This time, the show takes place in Miami, Florida. While the location is different, it is a continuation of the same antics involving reckless abandonment of commonsense and sobriety. In other words, the adolescents never grew up.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 provides sobering thoughts for those Christians once caught up in such a lifestyle. “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
Those caught up in the endless cycle of immorality and intoxication trade God’s best for temporary pleasures. These activities of the flesh destroy lives, rob true fulfillment and store up eternal damnation. The good news is that one can break the chains of bondage and live for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. You do not need to live in the bondage of the flesh. Christ can set you free. Christ can bring peace and fulfillment.
If you do not want to continue in the lifestyle which is against God’s standards, call upon Him in prayer asking forgiveness. Jesus Christ died in your place to provide salvation, forgiveness and hope. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 reveals that Christ died, was buried, and rose again to life as a sacrifice. “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” The Scriptures show in Romans 10:9-10 what must take place for salvation: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Our only hope of forgiveness and eternal life is to come to Christ for salvation.
If you struggle with coming to Christ at this time, obtain a copy of the Bible and take the time to read the New Testament. If you only have time to read through a couple books in the New Testament, look at the Gospel of John and the book of Romans. Ask God to reveal Himself to you as you read. Remember, there is hope in Christ.