Here’s my latest entry for Our Daily Journey. Feel free to give me any constructive feedback you may have before I turn it in at the end of the week.
A friend of mine left his wife and three children. Although he knows better—he was a seminary professor—he continues to lie to his family and is filing for divorce. Another friend abuses her family. She wastes their grocery money on her own wants, and then swears and screams when their bank account runs dry. Both of these friends are behaving irrationally, perhaps because both are guilty of unrepentant and repeated adultery.
There is something about sexual sin that ruins the minds of previously healthy people. Paul explains in Romans 1:18-32 that idolatry leads to sexual immorality, which swiftly degenerates into a laundry list of “greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip.” Such people are “backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning” (v. 29-30).
Why is sexual sin a gateway to this smorgasbord of lethal debauchery? Maybe it’s because sexual sin crosses a line of no return. Consider that everyone knows sexual immorality is wrong. Everyone knows it’s wrong to break their marriage vows or lust after another person—turning him or her into an object for their own gratification. Even people who claim to have no qualms about extramarital sex still talk of their exploits as “being naughty.”
Sexual sin abuses another person in a way that we really like. We know it’s wrong to dehumanize them, but our selfish urges are so strong that we just don’t care. And once we have committed such a blatantly selfish act, what won’t we do? Greed, gossip, and hatred come easy for those who have already given in to lust.
Sexual sin is the canary in the coal mine, the first sign that something has gone haywire in our walk with Christ. Don’t laugh at lust. Repent before you do something really dumb.