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Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the degrading of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. Romans 1:24–25
The sexual revolution endeavoured to separate what God has joined in His reality. Husbands no longer need wives. Wives no longer needed husbands. Children no longer needed fathers. Life no longer needed intimacy. In other words, sex was separated from reproduction. Sex is now seen by our culture as a recreational exercise. “It’s just sex. No big deal.”
Try as society might, there is one fundamental truth that stubbornly remains, sex makes babies. No matter how far technology advances or how much people wish it not to be so, sex makes babies. Babies are quite the inconvenience to people wishing to engage in the pleasures of seduction, prostitution and sensual licence. So, this inconvenience to a culture longing to be sexually free must be confronted.
Unborn children, just like any group of people culture resents, had their endowed right to life taken from them the way anyone has their endowed human rights taken away, by taking away their humanity. Babies in mother’s womb were exclusively referred to as foetuses. Once society came to accept the notion that unborn children were not really human, then these ‘clump of cells’ could be dealt with in any way that would liberate women oppressed by an unwanted role of motherhood as they were now free to engage in recreational sexual activity.
Through second-wave feminists and their male counterparts who long for orgasm without the responsibility of fatherhood, abortion has been accepted by Western culture as a legitimate form of contraception. Despite numerous safe sex campaigns designed to show us how to have sex without babies, abortion has become an unspoken, underlying factor within culture. Today, over 90000 abortions are executed every year in Australia. (There are approximately 3.9 million Australian women aged from 14-40.)
If the culture’s reasoning is accepted that the unborn are not human, then this should not cause any great concern at all. But, if there is a belief that the unborn are human and that all human life is a precious gift of God, then the millions of abortions performed worldwide should send shockwaves through our collective conscience. Again, are those Christians teaching about biblical sexual ethics ignoring the higher matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness?
Was Jesus much more concerned for matters of justice than for who our sexual partners are? It’s the wrong question with a faulty assumption. Truly, the higher matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness include matters of how we relate to one another as men and women. Maybe Jesus was right all along, “It is what comes out of a person that defiles. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”