Half of Christians say casual sex – defined in the survey as sex between consenting adults who are not in a committed romantic relationship – is sometimes or always acceptable. Six-in-ten Catholics (62%) take this view, as do 56% of Protestants in the historically Black tradition, 54% of mainline Protestants and 36% of evangelical Protestants. Among those who are religiously unaffiliated, meanwhile, the vast majority (84%) say casual sex is sometimes or always acceptable, including roughly nine-in-ten atheists (94%) and agnostics (95%) who say this (8.31.2020; http://www.pewresearch.org).
With such ways of thinking should we be surprised about our moral chaos in this country? Is it not the case the children learn to do what parents allow? This is not always the case, of course, but it frequently is. Sexual relationships outside of a God-ordained marriage is evil; it is evil because it is contrary to the holiness, the moral uprightness of the Almighty. It is not at all associated with righteousness and will be judged by the Lord at His day of reckoning.
The day of reckoning (judgment) will have all stand before the Judgment seat of Christ and the Lord will call out each name to see if that person’s name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (cf. 2 Cor. 5:10). If a person’s name is not inscribed, the Lord will say, Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels (Matt. 25:42, ASV). In the context of Matthew 25, the Lord is not giving attention to sexual immorality, but the principle of application, as stated in John 16:9, wherein some refused to believe Jesus is the Christ and change their lives to reflect that belief.
The parents allow this because they are themselves confused about what response they should make to the children when the children step outside the bounds of moral behavior. The parents listen to media sources (news broadcasts, television programing, songs on the radio, etc.) and allow this to be an influence on them – all at the same time denying this what they are doing! “We don’t want to impact the children with such a hard reply”, they think, “therefore let us smack their hands (so to speak) and welcome them back into the fold as if nothing they did was wrong.” If it was wrong, their punishment is lessened so scarring does not last long.
Because this is an approach to take, some in the judicial courts of our country, some in the congressional or legislative branches of our government soften the blow the Lord, initially, judged differently. As people we think of ourselves as wiser than the Lord.
Just so you will appreciate the seriousness of how the Lord looked on some behaviors, consider how the Lord responded to some behavioral acts under the authority of the Old Covenant to His civilized nation of priests. The death penalty was applied when there was conviction for striking or cursing one’s parents, blasphemy, breaking the sabbath, witchcraft, adultery, rape, sexual intimacy outside of marriage, incest, kidnapping, idolatry, being a false witness, murder (ISBE (revised), vol. 3, pp. 1052-53).
Perhaps some of these behaviors you think is not warranted for the death penalty; on what moral standard do you use judge this is the case? What was the point of such a hard response to these behaviors? “This had the twofold result of restraining evil and advancing the benefits of just [justice oriented] living within the human society” (Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary, p. 988).
To each Christian, let us be reminded, but like as he who called you is holy, be ye yourselves also holy in all manner of living; because it is written, Ye shall be holy; for I am holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). RT