Sin… On The Side
Robert Wurtz II
Their backslidings have increased. “How shall I pardon you for this? Your children have forsaken Me And sworn by those that are not gods. When I had fed them to the full, Then they committed adultery And assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses. They were like well-fed lusty stallions; Every one neighed after his neighbor’s wife. Shall I not punish them for these things?” says the LORD. “And shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?” (Jeremiah 5:6–9 NKJV)
I have been taken aback of late reading the many articles that are trending on popular web news programs dealing with infidelity among married people (adultery). Simply put, adultery is a serious problem… depending on whom you ask. Foxnews and other news organizations have even discussed these articles on their programs. What strikes me most is the cavalier attitude that prevails among those discussing the subject. Where has this insouciant and dismissive view of adultery arisen from? I hope to examine this question in this article.
Horses neigh, so I understand, for different reasons. The context of our passage is obviously sexual in nature, so we can carry the metaphor in that direction. The prophet is telling us that the men would give off signals (what we call flirting today) in order to express their wanton lust. Neighing is the horses way of expressing its desires. Men (and women) do the same type things today as if it were no sin. How awful are these behaviors in the sight of God when He would resort to using a wild, well fed, lusty horse as a metaphor for describing these men? This is strong language that borders on vulgarity. As Jesus referred to the religious leaders as vipers and serpents, the prophet, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit characterizes these adulterous people as a bunch of wild, lustful neighing horses… going after other men’s wives. Shocking it is.
Although we give a lot of time to the subject, homosexuality is not the only sexual sin running rampant in the world today. Other forms of perversion are taking over like a plague. We are being desensitized to the seriousness of mortal sins. Every one-liner from “judge not” to “what’s so bad about it” rally together to cool our moral sensibilities. What are some factors we need to be aware of?
One article suggests that people who had committed adultery themselves are much more likely to forgive than those that did not. That makes sense, I suppose. What they should have said is that they are more understanding of the sin; and that is a totally different thing. A person who truly repents hates the sin they committed. They don’t look for ways to justify it or condone it. They who committed the sins and never repented are far more likely to tolerate it. Some even encourage it or savour talking about it. In public and private, they are far more likely to downplay the seriousness of it. Why? Because they know what it is like to desire to fool around so they want to sympathize with others that are doing the same. Birds of a feather flock together. It’s not rocket science.
Old Notions Revived
It may come as a surprise to you, but there are people in this generation that think having what the 60’s generation called “a little strange” on the side is no big deal. In fact, some wives are being pressured to accept their husbands whoredoms as normal. The age old notion has somehow resurfaced that a man can cheat on his wife and in the morning remain a gentleman; but if the wife does it she is a (pardon the expression) whore. Should we accept this type of devilishness? Have we come to the point where they commit adultery and assemble themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses? They are like well-fed lusty stallions; Every one neighing after his neighbor’s wife?
The Rebuke-less Sin
So where can a man (or woman) find a rebuke these days for these type sins? With each passing day there seems to be more people guilty of infidelity. Theoretically, this means fewer people around that will take a strong stand.
Will the rebuke come from parents? Sometimes and sometimes not. One concern I have is that we live in a perverse generation where some moms and dads enjoy seeing their sons and daughters as sex objects. It is a twisted mindset that enjoys seeing ones child (no matter how young or old they are) as the object of other peoples’ lust. “Men just throw themselves at my daughter!” or “Women just throw themselves at my son!” Really?
What is worse is when that warped mindset travels into the spouses and they excuse the infidelity (whoredom) by convincing themselves that their spouse is so attractive, that the opposite sex can’t help but run a lusting after them. It may help ease the pain of an adulterous spouse to tell onesself that – but it probably has no basis in reality. Again, if not from friends, family, or spouses… where can an adulterer find a rebuke? Few feel passionately about it and even fewer stand ready to confront it.
Their backslidings have increased. “How shall I pardon you for this?… Shall I not punish them for these things?” says the LORD. “And shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?”
All the articles in the world can be written to discuss adultery and immoralty. Foxnews and their panel of experts can talk about it until the cow eats the cabbage; but God is going to have the last word in all this. How can God pardon a sin that people refuse to truly repent of? How can He pardon people who have an entourage of supporters standing willing to make excuses and justify their adulterous sins? Why would a friend or family member ever see the need to repent when so many of their supporters encourage and defend the behavior?
God says, Shall I not punish them for these things? The first step is to realize that God is going to judge what the writer to the Hebrews calls unrepentant whore mongers and adulterers. (Hebrews 13:4) Popular culture may change their standards until every one neighs after his neighbor’s wife, but God has not changed. Could it be that the cavalier attitude towards adultery that prevails, even among professed Christians, is an expression of the falling away that the scriptures speak of in the last days? Nevertheless, God is not depending on men to deal with what offends Him. “And shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?” God is going to take care of it Himself.