Tuesday, February 7, 2012

moral stupidity leads to ruin

I will not punish your daughters when they play the whore, nor your brides when they commit adultery; for the men themselves go aside with prostitutes and sacrifice with cult prostitutes, and a people without understanding shall come to ruin.
Hosea 4:14

A complete abandonment of all moral standards marked family life in Israel at the time of Hosea's prophecies. God had seen enough. The Israeli society was in complete sexual and moral breakdown. And the entire nation seemed bent on what would become its own destruction. The language God uses to describe His response to this immorality is strong. The results of this sexual free-for-all were catastrophic.

First, it is apparent that all people, men and women, young people and old people, were engaging in this behavior. It had become a social phenomenon. There was a cycle. Women were giving themselves over to prostitution (no doubt much of it forced) and to adultery. The first motive was material gain. The second was personal pleasure and an attempt at significance and satisfaction. But it was the men who were ultimately creating the demand for the sexual marketplace. And that is the group God sights in on with His strongest displeasure. Men were encouraging both sensuality and religious prostitution by their sinful preoccupations. They were pursuing all out sexual addiction literally with a religious fervor. God says two things about this moral breakdown: 1) it displayed an unfathomable degree of moral stupidity and 2) it was ruinous to everyone.

My world is equally stupid these days. We are immoral morons. Last weekend saw the largest interstate trafficking in prostitution of any weekend in America this year. Why? What sparked this grand tradition? The Superbowl attracts sexual prostitution. Indianapolis police and the FBI knew this in advance. Every city that hosts the Big Game is briefed on the issue months beforehand. This societal blight is driven by the worship of personal pleasure at the expense of people created for God's glory. How many of America's daughters were brought to degrading lows this last week? How many marriages were dishonored and destroyed? God only knows. But it is moral stupidity and it is ruinous to generations.

At any moment millions of people worldwide are driving the demand for internet pornography... electronic prostitution of the worst kind. Women and young children are being degraded constantly to feed the demand of this demonic stinking dragon. And it seems unstoppable because of the ruin it brings. I know because I have at least one conversation each week with married couples or single guys whose souls and relationships are festering in this foul garbage. People without God's sexual understanding come to ruin.

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