Thou Shalt not Commit Adultery: The Optional Commandment?
This is an actual conversation that took place in my home.
Daughter of ReaganGirl: Guess what Kanye West and Kim Kardashian named their baby.
ReaganGirl: Who are they?
DR: I can’t believe you know don’t know who Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are.
RG: Well, I don’t watch much TV.
DR: So they named their kid…
DR: No, “North.” Get it, “North West?”
RG: Why didn’t they name it “Wild?”
DR: Yeah, “Wyld,” with a ‘Y.’
RG: Wyld West would have been catchier.
DR: I don’t know why Kanye likes Kim Kardashian, she’s such a tramp, and he’s so talented.
RG: So, did they get married before they made this “North West” baby?
DR: Of course not. Nobody gets married these days. They just have a baby and go on to the next victim.
This mother-daughter summarizes the well from which all our cultural and economic woes spring; sexual immorality, fornication, and the trivialization of traditional marriage.
White weddings used to represent moral purity, but now virginity is considered to be the unfortunate state of a sexually deficient single. The symbolic white of weddings has lost its power, as the wedding night has lost its significance. Fornication is commonplace among available singles and more attention is paid to “safe sex” than to spiritual and emotional preparation for a lifelong commitment.
But the commandments of God have not changed and white weddings for couples who ignore the godly Law of Chastity are a mockery.
Moral chastity is the attitude that sexual love and procreation are sacred, our most direct connections to God. Sex is the key to our creatorship. Sexuality is the force behind our individuality, and the source of our creativity in all realms of thought and application. But to misuse our sexuality, to debase our most creative and godlike aspects , leads to damaging behaviors and personal human misery. The Commandment, “Thou shalt commit adultery or anything like unto it,” was not instituted to restrain human enjoyment, but to unleash their potential for joy and the highest aspirations of human existence.
These values are Judeo-Christian values. Most Conservatives of the Reagan ilk of social/fiscal conservatism preach these values. But I’m astounded by how many great Conservatives fail to live them. It is a form of hypocrisy when those Conservatives who espouse personal morality choose to overlook the Seventh Commandment. How is it that the central value of social conservatism is optional to those whose identify themselves as socially conservative?
The words “Under God” were added to the Pledge of Allegiance by an act of Congress in 1954 after the Knights of Columbus campaigned to include a tribute to the Creator, as spoken of in the Declaration of Independence. This was an inspired act. God, one could say, was taken for granted in American culture until this time. But the 1950’s were the last years during which the cultural tide flowed in the direction of God and morality. The ensuing decades brought about the “sexual revolution,” the legalization of abortion, sex education in schools, and the diminished roles of God and religion in private and public life. Those who believe that marriage and traditional values matter, find themselves swimming against an increasingly hostile current.
The role of God has shrunk in American life as the government has grown. As God has taken a back seat to secularism and relativistic political values, individual liberty and the very consequence of human life have been diminished to the point where government has become arbiter of who is free and who is in bondage to the state; who lives and who dies.
If Conservatives and Conservatism–the memory and popularity of Ronald Reagan serving to symbolize the movement to restore America as a cultural and economic force for good–are key to taking our government out of the hands of tyrants, and restoring it to a government of the people, then Conservatives must become the moral people of whom our Founders spoke. John Adams wrote:
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
The Constitution is voided when We the People lose our moral standing with God. Too many who call themselves “socially conservative” fail to meet the requirements of self-regulation, personal virtue, and observance of the Laws of God.
I’ve been single for many years. I am celibate, and find no shame in that. My sexuality is the best, the most precious gift I have to offer as a Daughter of God. The Law of Chastity is a protection from a generation of ills, from epidemics of sexually-transmitted diseases, to dysfunctional views on the roles of men and women, and warped, self-centered notions about dating. When I preach Reagan Conservatism, I am living it as well. I try to keep avoid the terrible cost of selling my moral birthright to for a mess of hypocrisy.
by Marjorie Haun 2/11/14