Our culture is sending so many mixed messages. Each day contains a story about sexual misconduct. Another high profile leader is accused of inappropriate actions toward a woman. In worse stories, extra-marital affairs or tales involving prostitutes are sadly all too common. The politically correct view is to condemn these inappropriate acts. The world demands apologies, resignations, and the truth.
While, we should condemn these acts, I find our culture’s righteous indignation and moral high horse a bit confusing. You see, when it comes to the issue of sex, which is what this is all about, our culture has been promoting and selling it as loosely as possible for years.
The culture is inconsistent on its view of sex when it says . . .
- a grab of a buttock is wrong, but the thong bikini is acceptable.
- prostitution is wrong, but one night stands are thrilling.
- men should see woman as more than “hot flesh”, but little girls are taught to be sexy.
- teens should not have unprotected sex, but prom dresses that mirror the latest street-walker are the new style.
- rape of women and naked pictures of children are crimes, but pornography which fuels those acts is perfectly acceptable adult entertainment.
- a man not paying child support means garnished wages, but a woman’s choice to abort a child which came from a night’s mistake is worth tax-payers support.
- violence and sexual abuse of women is outrageous, but songs, movies, and books filled with violence and sexual abuse of women are art that tantalizes us.
- men are dangerous and creepy when they look lustfully at a women, but women dress immodestly and sexually provocative so men will look.
We could go on to proclaim our culture’s inconsistency with sex. We will continue to see the proliferation of sexual sins in our culture as long as we send such mixed messages. The Creator God, who made us sexual beings, calls us to view sex consistently and soberly.
God’s consistent view of sex says . . .
- We are created as sexual beings who have a desire for sex, but this desire must be kept in check (Gen. 1; 1 Thess. 4:3-8).
- Sex was placed within the marriage bond to draw husband and wife together intimately and for the procreation of children (Gen. 1:18-25; 1 Cor. 7:1-9; Heb. 13:4). God intended for there to be the commitment of marriage, before there was the privilege of sex.
- God decrees both lust of the flesh and immodesty as sinful (Mat. 5:28; 1 Tim. 2:9-10). Every person has a responsibility to dress modestly as well as discipline their eyes and heart. Sexual sin begins in the heart!
- Sex is a fire that will harm and burn you when it is abused in any way outside of the marriage boundary God has established (Prov. 5-7).
Christians should decry all the news stories about sexual misconduct in our world, but we should do it with a balanced view! The world wants to pick and choose which types of sexual sin is okay and permissible. Christians must cry forth the danger and direct ties between all sexual sin, even the ones like immodesty and raunchy entertainment that the world sees as acceptable!