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The Sad Sexual Majority

May 17, 2011

I now have something like four drafts waiting for me to finish and publish. But as I was reading over the headlines on New York Times this morning, I was saddened anew at the moral collapse that characterizes our culture. A collapse that, I believe, would have shocked and embarassed our forefathers. Here are three of the stories available at the digital front page of the Times:

“Sammy Wanjiru, who set a blistering pace to shatter the 24-year-old Olympic record in the marathon, becoming the youngest winner of the event, died on Sunday in Nyahururu, Kenya. He was 24. His death was reported by the International Association of Athletics Federations, the world governing body for track and field. News reports from Kenya quoted the police saying that Wanjiru had jumped from the balcony of his home after his wife, Triza Njeri, arrived to find him with another woman.”

“Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child nearly a decade ago with a member of his household staff, leading Maria Shriver, his wife, to move out after he told her earlier this year, according to people close to the family. In a statement Tuesday morning, Ms. Shriver called it ‘a painful and heartbreaking time’ for their family.”

“In the fall of 2007, just as Dominique Strauss-Kahn was starting his job as managing director at the International Monetary Fund…Mr. Strauss-Kahn took a keen interest in…Piroska M. Nagy, a blond Hungarian-born economist who was 50 at the time and who had worked at the I.M.F. since 1986. Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s subsequent brief affair with Ms. Nagy, who is married, soon became public — spurring an internal investigation at the fund that would ultimately clear him of having abused the power of his office.”

And, as you are well-aware, the stories keep coming.

Why? Why do the stories keep coming? Why are people so given to sexual immorality? Why is it hard to find a faithful man today, outside or inside the church? What has changed over the last century to lead us to this point? (Not to say people weren’t adulterers 100 years ago, but as a trend, it was not so pronounced)

Some would say that as a society, we have evolved past the need for old-fashioned institutions like marriage, and now we should be able to have open relationships and not constrain ourselves to old rules and standards. [For such a view click here.]

I would say that, as a society, we have devolved; in the sense that self-control, purity, integrity, morality,  exclusivity/monogamy, faithfulness and dying-to-self  have all been devalued and, as the above article mentions, actually scoffed at.

Sin. Sin is the reason. Whether it’s I want power/fulfillment/pleasure/fun/adventure/ change/excitement or whatever. Those are all “I want”s. Those all are directly from the sin root of selfishness and pride that say, “I should have my wants met no matter what, because I am king.” Ultimately, that’s it. If I am God, I should get what I want when I want. However, if God is God, nothing in life is about me. It’s not about fulfilling me selfish desires anymore, it’s about living for other people. It’s not about getting as much pleasure now as possible, it’s about living for God’s pleasure (which is people who take on Christ, which is people who die daily to their own persons).

As always, I would love to hear from you so feel free to comment.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Paul Ellsworth permalink
    May 17, 2011 10:16 am

    I’m not sure 100 years ago was so much better. Think of all the other issues… take racism as an example. It was rampant. Lynchings were still happening. People were just as depraved in the past as they are now; what seems to change is what is “socially accepted.” Racism is now not socially accepted in America, at least not blatantly. Sexual immorality now is accepted and sexual morality is prude, scoffed, etc… whereas back then … well, it wasn’t talked about as much, perhaps. It definitely was still there though… and other sins were more accepted (racism is the one that comes to mind most readily, as that was a huge issue and it was definitely rampant in “the church” as well).

    The important thing is that Christians need to maintain the correct values while at the same time realizing and even expecting the world (that includes America) to *not* support those values.

    IMO, the American church seems to have somewhat fallen into the trap of kinda merging Christian values/views of sin with whatever the culture thinks. We kinda assume the Church “cultural” values are somehow directly correlated to American values… and further assume that if American culture is bad or somehow looks like it is getting worse, the church is in more danger.

    If the church is in danger because the culture the church is in looks like it is going down the tubes, then the church has problems and it’s the church that needs to be fixed, not the culture. Paul didn’t correct the Corinthian “world” culture; he corrected the Corinthian church. The problem wasn’t the culture 🙂 it was the church…

  2. May 17, 2011 10:58 am

    I agree, and I think that’s what I was getting at, not that there wasn’t even the same sins under the surface 100 years ago, but that society’s approval has changed now on what is important/accepted.

    And I appreciate your last comment too, that the church needs to be right. I also think that we should desire to see right done in the world as well as the church, so that we don’t become monastic in our faith. Doing justice, I would say, encompasses wanting righteousness done in the world, tempered with the understandings that this world is not our home, and that ultimately it won’t be reformed.

    Haste the Day.

  3. Vickie permalink
    May 17, 2011 1:05 pm

    I think you hit the nail on the head, Adam, when you say that we want to be king of our own lives. That problem has always been around. But, added to it now is the attitude of individualism. We don’t live for the good of the many so much. It’s what’s good for me that counts. On top of that, there is not much punishment or many repercussions from society for doing what we want at the expense of others. Shame may be felt inwardly, but outwardly, people don’t get too up in arms about much of anything anymore, unless it directly affects them. The bottom line, as you said, is sin. Sin will always be the bottom line till Jesus comes back. But, praise Him, He can make us able to ignore our sinful wants and be obedient to Him. It’s still not easy, but it is possible!

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