Societies that did not place boundaries around sexuality were stymied in their development. The subsequent dominance of the Western world can largely be attributed to the sexual revolution initiated by Judaism and later carried forward by Christianity.
So writes Dennis Prager, Jewish theologian, writer, lecturer and radio host in his paper, Judaism’s Sexual Revolution.
In a day when sexual promiscuity is considered normal, when the bounds of license are continuously expanded, where children are sexualized, women are commoditized and sexual deviancy is marketed by Hollywood, Dennis Prager may seem shrill and out of touch with reality. But could it be that he is the one sane voice in the discussion?
Prager argues that male sexuality is utterly wild and undisciplined, it is polymorphous – seeking sexual gratification in all sorts of forms and behavior. It is found outside of marriage, with multiple partners, other men, in transsexual manifestations, with children (pedophilia), with animals (bestiality) or with inanimate objects. In a word, fallen male sexuality is driven by orgasm. Indeed, the Judeo-Christian standard of Eros within the bounds of a covenant marriage is now considered deviant behavior (i.e. departing from the norm). Prager writes: “It is Judaism’s sexual morality, not homosexuality, that historically has been deviant.”
In fact, it is the glory of sexuality within the framework of marriage that began to civilize societies and build Western civilization. Prager writes: “When Judaism [and later Christianity] demanded sexual activity be channeled into marriage, it changed the world. The Torah’s [the books of Moses] prohibition of non-marital sex quite simply made the creation of the Western civilization possible.”
On November 5, 2011, Jerry Sandusky, the celebrated Penn State football defensive coordinator, was arrested on charges of pedophilia with boys as young as eight years old. He has been charged with sexual abuse of eight boys but the number could go as high as seventeen. The national revulsion, probably short-lived, cannot obscure the truth: Sandusky is the symbol of sexual anarchy in our time.
We should not be shocked that unhinged morality leads to unbridled sex. Now, there is a movement to legitimize sex between men and boys. In 1973 American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a psychological disorder. Today homosexual relations are increasingly seen as normal in the West. Witness the major efforts to legalize so-called “same sex marriage.”
Now, forty years after normalizing homosexuality, the APA is cooperating with pedophiles to make adult-child sexual acts “normal.” Attorney and university professor Chris Banescu reports on the August 17, 2011 gathering of the pro-pedophilia group, B4U-ACT, in Baltimore, Maryland. He writes that the event was “… attended by researchers, professors, mental health professionals, and ‘minor-attracted persons’ (MAP, a euphemism for ‘adults who crave sex with children’).” These individuals endorse adult molestation of children, consider this sexual perversion as normal, and advocate for the declassification of pedophilia as a mental illness by the APA. (For more read Banescu’s article.)
(Note the drift in language. We have moved from adult male predators of children to “minor-attracted persons.” Will the next forty years bring the legitimizing of Zoophilia? Will people who engage in bestiality become known as “animal-attracted persons”?
A troubling corollary is the pattern of sexual anarchy growing among Christ followers. Instead of the church living counter to the behavior of society, she is conforming to it. Instead of witnessing in word and lifestyle to the creation narrative of covenant marriage and the beauty of human sexuality, many professed Christians are living in sexual anarchy. Tragically, eighty percent of unmarried, evangelical Christians in the US between the ages of 18-29 have had pre-marital sex. Thirty-two percent of self described “born again” Christians have been divorced. Both statistics are virtually the same as society as a whole. Forty-four percent of young evangelicals support so-called “same sex marriage.” Eighteen percent of born-again Christian women use abortion as a means of contraception.
It was the teaching and the living out of scripture by orthodox Jews and Christians that gave dignity to women, sanctified marriage, and civilized the West. As the West returns to fallen male’s unbridled passion, she will become more brutal and violent.
In a world where sex has been reduced to recreation, entertainment, yea “plumbing,” there is something beautiful about the face-to-face intimacy of human Eros, the one flesh of God’s intentions as given at creation. In a world where unbridled sex reduces human beings to animals we need to call people to be human again. The high-water mark of human sexuality is reflected in one of the most beautiful poems depicting sexual intimacy in both its physical and transcendent nature, The Song of Solomon. We hear it in the words of the beloved:
Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my lover among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste. He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love. Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love. His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me. Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. (Song of Songs 2:3-7)
Eros is the gift of God to mankind.
Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised. (Song of Songs 8:6-7)
Let us abandon sexual anarchy for the glorious sexual order!
– Darrow Miller