It’s everywhere—lots of flesh, provocative poses, suggestive moves, lyrics and dialogue; all calculated to stir the passions of the listener or viewer, young or old, male or female. The appeal to the desire for physical pleasures is used to purvey every kind of product and service in every form of media. It’s slick. It’s colorful. It’s well done. And, it’s effective. Sadly, great talent and creative ability go into producing this literal flood of images and music, which leads people to focus on misusing something that is wonderful, when used as the Creator God intended.
See the little girls scantily dressed in provocative poses. See the young women exposing themselves with bare midriffs, wearing underwear as outer garments. See the popular singers, female and male, gyrating in simulated sex acts. See it on television, on the Internet, at the video rental store, on the cinema screen and plastered on the many magazines that crowd the checkout lanes at supermarkets.
What is driving this cascading downturn in the morals of our nation? Greed plays a huge role in this travesty. A major reason is to sell fashion goods, making huge profits from a younger generation that has money to spend, capitalizing on youth that are very susceptible to peer pressure and to the antics of “super stars” who flaunt their bodies and avant-garde fashions. It is fueled by a complete abandonment of the Ten Commandments and moral teachings in homes and schools across the land.
The more outrageous it is, the more desirable it becomes. Body piercing, tattoos and the trappings of young rebel entertainment idols sell like hotcakes, while parents and teachers seem unable to cope with or control the situation. And, it’s not only the youth who are immersed in this degrading activity. Television shows like “Desperate Housewives” are very popular with adults, and the scantily clad cheerleaders at professional sports events are a big drawing card for fans.
What has been the result of this downward moral slide? It’s not a pretty picture. While appearing glamorous and exciting, this lifestyle is not bringing happiness, prosperity or stability to those who are misled by it. Disease, both mental and physical, with life-altering—sometimes life-threatening—consequences is rampant.
Abortion clinics are doing a brisk business. Almost daily, we see news reports of abductions, rapes, abuse, and even growing accounts of teachers becoming involved in sexual activity with students.
The Creator knew that it was within the base nature of mankind to have these problems. Accordingly, in the Bible, His handbook for human happiness, He gave basic rules of conduct to prevent the problems we are experiencing today.
For example, in Exodus 20:14, the Seventh Commandment gives the basic rule, “You shall not commit adultery.” Following this rule would revolutionize our society for a great benefit. There are other rules giving more details about sexual conduct that are found in Leviticus 18. Strictly forbidden are incest, pedophilia, homosexuality and bestiality. “For whoever commits any of these abominations, the persons who commit them shall be cut off from among their people” (v. 29).
God very plainly condemns these awful practices, which are commonplace and now accepted almost without stigma in this age. Jesus Christ made it even plainer when He magnified the ancient code of godly conduct. Jesus said, “You have heard it was said to those of old, ‘you shall not commit adultery.’ But, I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery in his heart” (Matthew 5:27–28). In Hebrews 13:4 it is written, “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”
What will be the end of those who do these things and who refuse to repent and accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for their sins, including sexual sins? The answer is found in the Revelation 21:8: “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Today, sex sells, but let the buyer beware; for God’s righteous judgment awaits unrepentant sinners who do these things. While there is time, get the spiritual help you need to come out of this world and avoid the punishment that is sure to come (Revelation 18:4).
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