There is an old saying that familiarity breeds contempt. It could also be said that familiarity breeds acceptance. In other words, the more often one hears something the more normal it becomes. This is what has and is happening in society with our sexual mores. For years now our society has presented us with images of sexual relations outside the covenant bond of marriage. In recent years the gay community has demanded their acceptance as a normal expression of human relationships. These and other aspects of human sexuality, that years ago would have been considered immoral, have been accepted as a natural part of life. We, who still hold to biblical values of God ordained sexual practices, become more and more marginalized. Of course, the society declares that to be good. Yet, regardless of how we ignore them, there are absolute values God has established for human life. They have been given for our best good. When we ignore them we do so to our hurt, and to the ultimate destruction of our society. It is certainly true that all people need to be treated with God’s love and grace, but that doesn’t change the values God has established for our good. No amount of familiarity will change that.
Jeremiah was called the weeping prophet. He saw the destruction happening to his people because of their rejection of God’s values. They refused to hear any message beyond their own stubborn will, and there was nothing he could do about it. I understand why he wept. We see the very same today. There was an editorial in yesterday’s paper entitled “Unraveling the ties that used to bind.” In part it said, “The family unit most of us knew has become the victim of divorce and growing determination by both men and women to have fewer or no children as well as a decision among many couples to reject marriage as a viable institution, and the willingness of women to have their child or children later in life. … many anywhere from 13 to 30 insist they will never have children for both economic and lifestyle reasons.” We can add to this the 50+ million children that we have killed by abortion in the last 40 years. For “economic and lifestyle reason” we have chosen a path far from the will of God, and it is destroying us. Jeremiah’s nation had to go into captivity to foreign powers before they were willing to cry to their Lord for help. I pray that is not the case with us.