Why Are Morals Important?
Why does it matter what you do in your bedroom? Isn’t what you do simply between two consenting adults? Or is there more to it than that…perhaps a societal impact as well? As we continue to debate what is right and wrong sexually in this country we might be able to learn something from Leviticus chapter 18. Before launching into quite a few sexual prohibitions we read this: Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘I am the Lord your God. 3 According to the doings of the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall not do; nor shall you walk in their ordinances. 4 You shall observe My judgments and keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am the Lord your God. 5 You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.
It seems that the major point from God’s perspective was a new standard of behavior sexually that would be different from other cultures and nations. God wanted His people to behave differently than those who did not know Him. I think this was part of God’s desire to use His people as living object lessons of what it would be like to follow Him. Regardless of what you might think about sex, can you at least agree with me that if sexual activity only took place between a husband and wife who were married, so much of the heartache and suffering involved with sex would be eliminated? Yes, there would still be some abuse and unplanned or unwanted pregnancy but the problems we see today and the pressure placed on the “safety net” would be significantly reduced. Almost all of the emotional and physical damage caused by rape and other sexual activity would be eliminated…simply by following what God says.
Sexual morals and other morals are important because they reflect God’s character and God’s plans for His people. Your bedroom is not primarily about you…but about God; if you are a follower of Jesus. It is our responsibility and privilege to reflect God’s plan for our lives sexually and in every way. Have you considered that?