So this is the post that I mentioned taking two weeks (now much more than that) to write. I know it’s kind of a delicate subject, which is why I’ve been agonizing over it, but I have been increasingly burdened lately that it’s a subject which we, as believers, need to get some clarity on. I will be mostly addressing women in this post, as this seems to hit them the hardest (or at least most overtly), but it is by no means limited to them.
We all know that here in the U.S., and as I understand it, in Western society as a whole, nearly all moral standards are becoming more and more relativized. Being able to sin as wildly as we want is becoming more and more of an “inalienable right” — e.g., “Who are you to tell me who I can and can’t marry?” and “Who says I need to marry the romantic partner I want to live with?” and “Freedom of speech guarantees me the right to view and produce ‘adult’ images,” and “I should be able to kill as many of my unborn babies as I want.”
Yet in all of this turmoil and moral confusion, there is one issue that is presenting a pretty unified front, one issue that society as a whole is willing to pass sweeping legislature to attempt to prevent and solve. It is decried daily across our talk shows, news networks, and magazines (both reputable and tabloid). It’s hard to think of the last time I had any media exposure without also being exhorted to steer away from this tragic course of action. It’s an issue that many in the church are even making a stand about, with many prominent preachers, teachers and authors joining the rallying cry to do away with this widespread evil.
Rather unfortunate that this terrible evil… well, simply isn’t. Read the rest of this entry »