Tony Reinke points us toward a great question: Are you willing to run? This question is not a call to physical exercise. Instead, it is a call to run from temptation–especially sexual temptation.
Some of life’s most important decisions are not complex. Yes, there are layers of affections to address and complex motives to uncover sometimes, but in the moment of temptation (especially sexual temptation) we must be willing to simply run.
In the animal world, we talk of the “fight or flight” response. Psychologists have broadened the possibilities to include freezing and fawning. In the case of temptation, the third “F” should probably be Fold–as in give up and give in to the temptation, whether it be sexual, substance-based, or something else.
As someone who has thought he was strong enough to fight certain temptations in the past only to find himself folding, I have to argue here for flight, for running.