Easter is the Victory Day for the Church. It is the day when Death stands defeated. The Tomb is empty. Christ is RISEN. HE LIVES. Love reigns. Jesus walks the earth - until all His followers have seen Him, touched Him, heard Him, and know the Promise is true, and has been fulfilled. Beyond this day, ALL IS A POSSIBILITY. Love is the answer for the world.
The Church, the Body of Christ, the company of those who know Him, love Him and are filled with Him, are on the march.
Not just sitting in church. Not just praising the Lord: but living Jesus' love, filled with His life.
Our answers are different from the world's. We don't have to just go along with what the world says is the fair way, the humane way, the just way.
When the woman caught in adultery is about to be stoned to death, Jesus says to the crowd, "LET HIM WHO IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE." And they are ashamed. They remember their own sin. They drop their stones. "Does no man condemn you?" Jesus asked the woman. "No man, Lord," she answers. And Jesus says, "Neither do I. Go and sin no more." A stunning response.
Stormy Daniels, accuser of our president, is interviewed by Anderson Cooper, about an affair with Mr. Trump ten years ago. The press is eager to make a case. Millions watched the show. How will the world decide?
Daily shows pick up the scandal. Public Radio's Joshua Johnson invites three women to converse about it. One, an adult film maker; another runs an escort service; another is a prostitute. All in the "sex trade."
All involved in selling sex to our society. They speak for their industry as needed to be fairly treated, dealt with justly - just like any profession.
Just when our society has become aware of sex trafficking across our country, and around the world. Young people literally stolen into the business of selling their bodies for others' sexual pleasure.
No one lifts up the meaning of sex, except that it is about pleasure. Not about persons. Not about human lives. Not about commitment to another. "Sex workers" should be able to pursue their profession safely.
Indeed. Compassion and caring for people is Jesus' trademark. That is the work of His people, the Church. But, Jesus and His Body, the Church, is about the meaning of sex. The meaning of human lives. The value of people. The value of their minds and hearts. About the power and importance of their spirits.
God created Adam and Eve to be partners in life. To love each other, and in that love to come together as one body, one spirit, and so create other human lives, their children. Jesus said the way it was to be was that "a man shall leave his father and mother, and be united with his wife, and they become one flesh."
Sexual intercourse is about becoming one with another in love, and in such a way as to pass on the wonder of other human lives, in children. And stepping outside that bond is betrayal. It is "cheating" on the one to whom you have pledged your life, your love, your all.
The sex industry is about drawing people away from those commitments, and into lies about freedom, and doing life "my way."
It undercuts the core and foundation of human society, the community of God's children on earth.
This self-centered understanding of sexuality in human life has already prevailed in the philosophy and morality of America's understanding of life. The Christian and Biblical view of life, that had been understood as basic to the public and private life that the Pilgrim and Puritan journeyers had brought with them to America, has been subtlely overtaken by the sexual revolution in thinking in the 1960s, combined with the ideas and understandings of feminism. Out of these has come a general and pervading view of social and political understandings, called "political correctness."
With this, faith understandings, Biblically-based ideas, have been increasingly viewed as alien, outmoded, no longer to be worthy of a place in our thought or public discussion.
So the moral framework that for so long prevailed as the order for human life and relationships has been dismissed as old-fashioned and irrelevant.
It could be added that it is too subtle, too deep to warrant attention.
But, as the media, political, and even educational leaders of our 21st century society articulate their answers to the moral and social dilemmas of this new day, the reasons rise for why sexual harassment or taking advantage of another are bad, come down to answers like "it makes people uncomfortable," or "their personal will or choice is being invaded." They have lost the awareness of a moral framework that embraces us all. There is no rudder to steer us. There is no compass to guide us. There is nothing greater than ourselves, to guide us.
The Church, that for 2,000 years has been that guide and framework, to hearing a call - if we will listen - to step forward, to assert itself, to dare, as Jesus did, to speak at corners or on mountainsides, to whomever will listen, the eternal words of life that God has given us, as His children, for the order, and fulfillment, and success of a life of love.
So I say it even on this one little website, to perhaps a few interested friends, that it is we ourselves, who are called to challenge all around us to think, and pray, and speak to our responsibility in the world.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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