Today's reading covers some unpopular topics. All related to sexual purity. It spells out God's thoughts on marriage, adultery, incest, homosexuality, and bestiality. He's for marriage and against all the rest.
This is not a popular stance in today's world. We are bombarded with demands for gay rights in the name of tolerance. We see people hopping in and out of bed with various partners time and time again as if it were the most normal thing in the world. We give our teenage daughters birth control pills and tell them to have a good time. And we let them date younger and younger each year.
What can we be thinking?
God's message is clear. Promiscuity is forbidden. Adultery is forbidden. Homosexuality is forbidden. Incest is forbidden. Purity in marriage is to be the rule, not the exception.
God seems to hold marriage in high esteem. He started the whole thing in the garden when he gave Eve to Adam. And he communed with the two of them in the cool of the evening. Husband and wife spending quality time with God, what a picture.
It would seem that this should be the ideal we strive for. Marriage is a partnership of two people twining themselves around as much of God as they can understand.
If we truly understood God, none of the atrocities against marriage that we currently tolerate, and sometimes even promote would be so prevalent in our land. We would have less divorce, less infidelity.
Help us to understand that Your thoughts on purity and marriage are designed for our well-being. Keep us from becoming insensitive to the violations of your laws and give us the courage to speak out when we see tolerance becoming license.
In Jesus' most precious name.