On Friday, I caught part of an MPR program on defining sexual assault. A legal specialist from a Scandinavian country was being interviewed on how do you define sexual assault. Was your victim intoxicated? How did you win consent? Is it a look in the eyes, or some gesture that can prove consent?
It was a murky arena, because it had no morality. Sex outside of marriage is, after all, adultery. The Bible makes clear sex is for marriage. It is to show physically the commitment you have already made with your heart.
Casual sex, consented or not, is meaningless. It binds no-one. Because it has no context. Marriage is the moral framework for sexual intercourse. "A man shall leave his father and mother, and cleave unto his wife, and they shall become one flesh." Sexual intercourse, sign and seal of a committed, powerful relationship entered into and declaring love. It is God-given. It is promised before chosen witnesses in a "wed-ding." "Until death do us part," the promise says. "I will keep myself only unto you." 'My body enters your body as a sign of my pledged love to you - forever.'
So sex outside of marriage, not promising anything, irresponsible, is SIN. It is not God-given or God-blessed.
Living together is stealing from the real thing. It is nothing like marriage. It is not promised, not sacred. It is defiance of the holy.
The finer points of sexual assault, as something to be proven in a court of law, are meaningless. They are without standard, without gift, without consent - God's consent.
In a society suddenly holding forth about truth, it is truthless. False. We as a society, as a generation, must go back to the beginning to uncover sex's foundation in love as God's gift. The rest is false. Brokenness. Intimate acts defying God. Intimate acts desecrating and defiling and despoiling other human beings, who are children of God. People who are human because they are God-given. Invading them, insulting them, stealing their inmost selves from them doesn't break the law of the land, it breaks the law of God.
Let's get it straight, people. Let's understand it as God-followers, as Jesus-lovers - AND PUT IT TO RIGHTS.. Let us declare what, by faith, we know, and help all we care about, to understand, and see the truth about this most intimate and decent thing.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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