Sexual Immorality and Your Neighbor

A Christian husband and wife have their non-Christian friends, another husband and wife, over for dinner. Dinner is great, the conversation is great. After dinner, they watch a steamy movie with a lot of sex scenes. The film makes everyone a little uncomfortable, but hey, heaven forbid they are perceived as prudes. The next day the neighbor drops by the house again. He has a video tape. He gives it to the Christian husband and says, “Here, I really want you to have this. This is a video of me and my wife having sex, and I think you’ll enjoy it.” The husband, horrified, says, “No, that’s gross, you’re my neighbor.” The neighbor says, “Why are you such a prude? The people in the video we watched last night were your neighbors too.” The husband’s mind finally clicks, “Oh well, you see, my wife and I are a really special group of Christians called hypocrites, and when Jesus said porneia is bad, He didn’t have us in mind. Also, the parable of the Good Samartian doesn’t apply to us, so we get to pick and choose who our neighbors are. Porn stars aren’t our neighbors. They’re not people. They’re not real women. They’re just objects that exist to gratify our lusts.”

If you are a non-Christian, quit reading. If you are a Christian, continue reading. Church, it is gross hypocrisy if we speak against sexual immorality without also repenting of it in all forms in our own lives. “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them,  he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). What is one of His commandments? “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell” (Matthew 5:27-30). Holy Spirit, we can’t do it without You. We pray that You would graciously empower Your church to love and not to indulge the flesh.

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