Sunday, April 22, 2007

"You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.'But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell." - Matthew 5:27-30

This is the second command in the Sermon on the Mount (after the command about anger) and the one that has the most extreme suggestions for dealing with the problem. A new gospel emphasizes that this kind of personal holiness isn't important, but rather we must look to social morality such as taking care of the poor and be accepting rather than judgmental of GLBTs.

My problem with this view is that probably most of the violence in the world today stems from the lack of sexual purity that infects Christianity. In one day, 33 people died at Viriginia Tech. In one day 3,700 babies are aborted in the US. How many marital fights and divorces took place? How many people will be scared for life due to the infidelities of a partner? How many lawyers will gloat over having taken the assets of a fighting couple through court proceedings? The Sermon on the Mount begins with personal holiness. We will not get to the advanced stages by rejecting the basics.

1 comment:

regressivepresby said...

As the kids say, Rock on!

succinct and to the point, thanks Looney.
grace & peace,
dm