In movies, music, and sitcoms today, casual sexual encounters have been made to look harmless and fun, even celebrated. Think of the impact this has had on our culture. Think of how different our world would be if we just obeyed one of the Ten Commandments: “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14 NKJV).
It would mean that families still would be together. It would mean that children wouldn’t be conceived out of wedlock and would have a stable father figure in their lives.
You can take almost every social ill in our nation today and trace it to the breakdown of the family and the absence of fathers. We have the statistics to back it up. Fatherless sons are 300 percent more likely to be incarcerated in state juvenile institutions. Sixty-three percent of teenagers who attempt to commit suicide live in fatherless homes. Seventy-one percent of high school dropouts are from fatherless homes. Ninety percent of all runaways and homeless children are from fatherless homes. Eighty-five percent of all youths sitting in prison grew up in a fatherless home.
I think sometimes people believe that God disapproves of sex. How ridiculous. God created sex. One of the ways that husbands and wives express their love is through the sexual union. It doesn’t have to be a dirty word. It doesn’t have to be a taboo subject. It’s something that can be enjoyable and pleasurable. But the only place that God will bless it is within the boundaries and safety of a marriage relationship.
Outside of marriage, sex can be an extremely destructive thing. We need to keep sex in its proper place. If we would just do what God says in His Word, if we would just get back to what God tells us about marriage, it would transform our nation.