What I Read this morning:
Exodus 7-8; Psalm 21; Matthew 21; 1 Corinthians 5
Throughout the Bible, sexual immorality is an issue that is dealt with numerous times. We see examples of it through the patriarchal period. We see significant issues during the Exodus from Egypt to Canaan. The Bible talks about David’s sin of adultery. Throughout the prophets, it is talked about. Jesus takes the time to talk about adultery, divorce, and other sexual sins.
1 Corinthians 5 stands out as a warning to society and especially the Church regarding sexual sins.
Today we are witnessing several sexual abuse/assault cases coming to light. Form Hollywood media moguls to politicians and even worse clergy, the abuse knows no bounds.
My question is this, why are we so surprised?
We have cheapened sexuality. We have decided that there should be no rules about sex anymore. It used to be that sexual situations were not put on TV at times when children could see them. Now we see nudity and sexual activities 24/7. Toss the internet into the mix, and anything goes.
We were created sexual beings by God. But that sexuality had a purpose. It was to be confined in the bounds of a life long commitment.
Today we have cheapened the meaning and beauty of that relationship. The chaos that has created has been devastating. Divorce and broken homes have led to poverty, emotional problems, and rising suicide rates. The results can be seen in literally any classroom across America.
When a person in a position of power chooses to use sex over another person, the effects are devastating. A person is demeaned and abused.
When this happens in the Church, the results are eternal.
The truth is that we have to have a serious conversation in our society about sexual ethics. We have to tell Hollywood that it is not art when you continually glorifying cheap sex. We need to discuss how pornography cheapens sex and demeans the men and women involved in the industry. We need to hold those in power accountable for their past and present actions. We can’t excuse a beloved former president just because he was in our party.
Those in the clergy who engage in these activities must face the consequences within both the church and the authorities.
More than that, the church needs to talk about sex. We need to have discussions about what is appropriate and what is not. Not in a judgemental, angry way. We need to warn society in a loving manner. We need to speak about the dangers of STD’s, out of wedlock pregnancy, emotional issues, sexual abuse, abortion, and fatherless households. We need to remind people of the consequences of actions. Even if it seems, no one is listening.
Most importantly, though, we need to stand ready to provide healing and grace to those caught up in consequence of their actions. We need to hold the gospel out and tell folks that Jesus will always be there. Like the woman at the well and the adulteress who was about to be stoned, Jesus stood their offering grace. We must do the same.