The world is getting more immoral every day. We all know that. The generation that decried women beach-going in public at all in the 1900s thought that the immorality couldn’t get any worse. The generation that saw dresses rise above the knee in the 1920’s thought that the immorality couldn’t get any worse. The generation that saw bikinis arrive in the 1940s thought that the immorality couldn’t get any worse. The generation that saw free love and communes with various sex partners in the 1960s thought that the immorality couldn’t get any worse. The generation that saw homosexuality come out to public acceptance and gay high officials elected to represent us in the 1980s thought that the immorality couldn’t get any worse.
Well, it’s worse. A LOT worse. It is not only the actions of people getting more publicly immoral, but the lack of shame that is offensive. Some of these kind of acts are even celebrated.
I’m thinking of the unfortunate Duke University senior who slept her way through college and then made a comprehensive report ranking and describing her encounters. Though she only emailed it to three of her friends, it soon appeared on websites across the globe.
Sex list rating female university student’s lovers becomes internet sensation
List written in form of PowerPoint ranks 13 men she slept with
“Karen Owen made the ‘unofficial senior thesis’ on her sex life with athletes at Duke University in North Carolina and originally emailed it to three of her friends. But the project spread to the university’s entire 14,000 student body and from there on to websites across the globe. In the list, written in the form of a 42-slide PowerPoint presentation, Miss Owen rates 13 of the men she slept with – mainly from the university lacrosse team – out of 10 and created a bar graph charting their sexual prowess. The project leaves little to the imagination and describes her sexual encounters in the university library during finals week, showers, on a balcony, in cars and while drunk.In one of the entries, she said: ‘In my blackout state, still managed to crawl into bed with a Duke athlete.’ “
There are so many sad things to ponder in this one instance of immorality. Her promiscuity. Her drunkenness. Her self-absorption (making a 42-page power point slide based on comprehensive notes is a LOT of self-absorption pondering one’s pleasure). And instances like Ms Owen’s immoral lifestyle display are ongoing in every corner of the globe every minute of the day. How terrible are the times! They are terrible not only for us who have to watch the destruction of lives and hearts by this immoral behavior, but worse, we know that such actions hurt themselves. God said, “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. (1 Cor 6:18)”
God has a standard of morality to which He expects adherence. Sexual activity before marriage is a sin, sexual activity outside of marriage while married is a sin, sexual activity with same-sex partners is a sin at any time, and certainly drunkenness, lewdness, gossip, and impropriety are addressed in the bible also.
Some might say that those were ancient times that the bible was written and since culture has changed, we have to get with the program and allow that such standards and godly expectations are outdated. Not at all. Do you know why that argument holds NO water? Because God is unchanging. Since He is unchanging, therefore His standards for morality are unchanging. Cultures change, yes, but His standards do not. “I the Lord do not change.” (Mal.3:6). “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8).
Some might say that those were Old Testament times and when the New Testament came, things were different. On the contrary. The NT speaks of morality often, specifically sexual immorality. There were even times when the Apostles referred to Old Testament judgments for immorality that were going to be repeated in the future. Peter said in 2 Pet 2:6 “if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly;”
In other places in the New Testament it is written of immorality:
- For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater–has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (Ephesians 5:5)
- See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. (Hebrews 12:16)
- Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood…(Revelation 22:15).
- And also in 1 Cor 5:9; Prov 6:24; 1 Cor 6:9; 1 Thess 4:7; and so on.
It is clear that Ms Owen’s behavior (and others who are just as immoral) are far from striving to keep God’s standards. We have free will while on earth to do as we want, but God judges all behavior. He will judge Ms Owen and others for failure to keep His holy standards in mind or at least repent of their failures. “for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” (Hebrews 13:4b)
Folks these days do not like to think that they will be judged. They like to think that they can do what they want with no consequence. But there are consequences and there is judgment. How soon that judgment will come only God knows, but it is coming. Though I opened this essay with a short history lesson on how each generation thinks theirs has sunk the lowest, I do believe ours is the generation that Jesus was speaking of when He said in Matthew 24:37, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” From Genesis 6:5 we know that the condition of the world in the days of Noah was evil and men’s thoughts were only of evil continually. Just imagine how evil and immoral the world will be after the Holy Spirit in His restraining ministry leaves the earth at the rapture. (2 Thess 2:7)
Ms Owen said, “Speaking after it was made public, she told The News Of Today: ‘I regret it with all my heart. I would never intentionally hurt the people that are mentioned on that.’ Well I’m glad she regrets it and I’m glad she recognized that people got hurt. I hope that someday she repents, not just regrets, and she comes to the realization that fleeing toward God’s standards will yield her the best of all things and most important, that she will no longer be hurting herself.