First, I want to establish that sin and wickedness are around us everywhere we go.
I've asked my son how he feels when he's on the streets with the brothers holding up signs ... does he have struggles, etc.? He said it's always a blessing to be there holding up signs and no, in general he does not struggle with the immodesty. Some of you may wonder how this could possibly be? You see ... when we are standing out on the streets, we are fighting directly against sin. As Tylor once said, it's really hard to lust after a woman dressed immodestly when you are standing there preaching directly AGAINST IT! Praise the Lord! His guard is up and he is fighting against sin. He expects it ... that's what he's there for. He also said that it strengthens his faith/walk with the Lord and his convictions. There is so much wickedness out there. No, I'm not talking about drunk people because we've only had to deal with them just a small fraction of the time out on the streets (they usually stay away or just walk by and say a quick few words). Mostly we deal with professing christians who do not want to obey the Bible. Who have not been drinking (or who have had only a small bit), who are upset, cursing, yelling, dressed immodestly or richly, etc. [there are a few who are sincere though! and it's such a blessing to talk with them]
The fact of the matter is, the REAL STRUGGLES come walking down the isle at a store, visiting a widow, or whatever. You are comfortable and relaxed, your guard is down and your mind is focused on what you are doing ... and then Satan slips in a little magazine cover here, a wicked poster there, a vile game-show the widow is watching (she only watches it for the game, she doesn't pay attention to the mostly naked harlots that are part of the show!), and so on.
AN EXCELLENT and VERY REAL EXAMPLE to prove my point ...
So here were the boys, helping a 91 year old widow lady out and they could have seen the most defiling things ever. PRAISE THE LORD they did not.
They have been defiled several times over at widow's houses (my grandma's included) where they have on those absolutely horrible evening game shows with the ladies wearing really short, tight skirts and their breasts nearly hanging out. This is just as bad as how some of the women dress on the streets (yes, many of them are professing christian women), but once again, it's totally different when you are fighting directly against the sin on the streets than when you are visiting a sweet old lady. Of course we ask them to please turn it off, but we all know that it only takes a quick flash of an image before it gets imprinted on your mind.
They are also learning the hard way that we must be on guard at ALL times, not just when on the streets preaching against sin. We must ESPECIALLY be on guard at the widow's houses and at the grocery stores ... the places we least expect something vile to happen.
We were just talking last evening about how Satan walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may destroy. A lion is very sneaky!! It's not like the lion will be ROARING AND RUSHING the whole time giving you plenty of time to know what's going on and get out of the situation. NO. A lion will sneak very carefully and then POUNCE AND ROAR all the sudden WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT!!!! You EXPECT to see half or nearly naked women in the bar district on a weekend night ... however you DO NOT EXPECT to see several naked women in a filthy magazine in a sweet little 91-year-old widow lady's house.