4/6 Deuteronomy 22:22

22 "If a man is found lying with the wife of another man, both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman. So you shall purge the evil from Israel.

Sexual misconduct, such as rape or adultery, was met with capital punishment. Sex was to be considered a blessing within the bonds of marriage. In many cultures this punishment is seen as barbaric. We have redefined what is acceptable to fit our passions. Children are over-sexualized from an early age and expected to experiment. The common expression today is, "they will do it anyway." The entertainment industry promotes it and the education system expects it and prepares children for it.

What many do not realize is that the studies of sexuality that led our society in this direction were grossly inaccurate. Once again we find the Bible's standard of ethics produces a much healthier and happier individual and society. The world teaches that if you do not give in to your inner urges you will not develop in a healthy way. Nothing could be further from the truth. The source of that thinking is that we are pure from birth instead of fallen with a sin nature from the time we are born. Take the world's thinking to its ultimate conclusion and you have to justify any behavior, no matter how vile or violent. God knew the power of sexual attraction. He gave such harsh punishments to keep the Israelites from "breaking free" (a term used after the building of the golden calf) and becoming enslaved to sexual passion like the people that populated the Promised Land before they arrived.

We are under the laws of the society in which we live and must obey them. But we are also under a moral law and should realize the damage we do to ourselves and to our society when we let sexual passions damage our soul and the lives of others. We should make sure that our children and grandchildren understand how serious God is about sexual boundaries.

Consider: It is never too late to adjust your attitude and thoughts to think in conformity with the will of our Creator. Nor is it ever too late to help your children think properly.