Today has been a big day for sexual sin. It’s all over the news.
The Subway guy, Jared Fogle, pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and seeking sex with minors. (His wife has filed for divorce.)
The recently-hacked cheating website, Ashley Madison, revealed that the hackers have released the names and personal information of many users. (Divorce lawyers, get on your mark!)
And pornographer, Larry Flynt, one of America’s most notorious exploiters of women, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. (Might be time for her to strike that “Republicans are conducting a war on women” line from her speeches.)
With the exception of Hillary Clinton, who was already having a bad day, all the people attached to these stories have seen their well-ordered lives suddenly take a nosedive. Careers, marriages, reputations, and future aspirations will be irrevocably altered, if not destroyed.
What I find ironic is that we live in such a sexually permissive culture. I mean, really, isn’t sexual freedom supposed to be in right now? Aren’t we out-of-touch, narrow-minded, sexually-repressed Christians supposed to be the only ones who are bothered by rampant sexuality? Why, then, are these such big stories, worthy of reporting on national newscasts?
Because, deep down, our culture still has a shred of conscience. Even in a world that has all but lost its mind, people–both believers and unbelievers–understand that there is still such a thing as sin. The line may have moved over the years…moved farther and farther in the direction of permissiveness. But these stories remind us that there is still a line. Even the most socially and theologically liberal thinkers among us know that certain behaviors are wrong.
If you’re like me, you need to be reminded from time to time that there are still points of agreement, however tiny they may be, where our message can connect with the world…where even the unbeliever has to admit that the Gospel makes sense. It’s in these points of agreement where conversations can begin. And in a world where yelling and name-calling is the norm, a conversation is a good thing.