"But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea," Matt. 18:6.
The events that have transpired this week at Penn State University have caused much outrage and stirred much discussion. A lot has been written about this horrific, alleged tragedy but there is one area that I have not seen given much if not any analysis and I will focus my attention on it. In this area of the world, the Omaha/Lincoln Nebraska area, we have a radio celebrity who often likes to claim that, "you cannot legislate morality." This comment is self refuting, ridiculous on its face, yet this host has been outraged by the alleged immorality of many of the people involved in the Penn State fiasco. My point is this: his outrage must be based almost completely on the foundation of a Biblical worldview. It is only supportable from the presupposition that child rape/molestation/pedophilia is wrong. This my friends, is not a universal belief among the cultures/religions of the world. In fact, it is an anomaly as we take even a cursory look at how most cultures view this detestable practice.
"He(prophet Muhammad) stayed there two years or so and then he married Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consummated that marriage when she was nine years of age," Bukhari vol. 5 book 53, ch. 43, no.236, pg. 153. It is uncontroversial outside the western world among Sunni Muslims that Muhammad married(you can't marry a six year old!) a six year old girl and had sex with her at nine. This is child rape and Muslims around the world practice this in many Muslim countries and export it to the west. They follow their leader. The Koran also instructs instances where child rape is allowed. Lest we impugn only Muslims, we must concede that pagans around the world have little to no issue with this practice. I recently read an account of a Nobel prize winner partaking in the pleasures of little boys as was the practice in the pagan land he was living in. The comments on the blog were indicative of a relativistic understanding of law and many commenter's considered the issue of child rape to be a cultural issue. I was always struck by the undercurrent of child perversion found in Greek mythology as well when I studied it in high school for mythology contests that I used to study for and enter. Even in my pre Christian days this habit for child molestation by the Greek gods deeply troubled me.
As Christians, we must point out the hypocrisy of those who claim to not want to, "legislate morality" and then get outraged at "immoral behavior". It seems they want to "legislate moronity" instead. It is a sin against God to rape a child. It is a sin, period, to have sex outside of marriage and raping a child certainly falls well within this construct. The Old Testament teaches us this much and it is amazing how relevant our culture can be to the Word of God when we just take a moment to ponder where we get these ideas about morality/immorality.
This is where the law and the gospel are so important. Romans 1 tells us that people are without excuse, wherever they are, they have knowledge of right and wrong. We must never tire of standing up for God's law and not allowing foreign ideologies to give outrage at sins that fall inside the parameters of their licentiousness. We must call them on their hypocrisy, share with them their sinfulness and evil and direct them to the perfect One who fulfilled all of the law that they have flaunted all their life. We must tell them that they have to surrender themselves to Him whom they have pierced and repent of their old way of life. Oh, we must always live in light of His glorious gospel and be generous in proclaiming it upon every occasion wherever we go.
Friends, lets learn, live and love the Gospel.