On this trip to Cambodia, there have been insights into some things I did not know and reminders of things I did know. Polygamy is routinely practiced in the villages, trafficking of minors to wicked and perverse men is a problem, and promiscuity is getting more common. Some of these issues are matters of exploitation, while others are matters of choice in the culture. However, these kinds of departures are to be found all over the world. In our own country, a great many live together and engage in a sexual relationship without the thought of marriage. Divorce without biblical reason and remarriage is commonplace. Homosexuality in the last few years has been a cause celebre, something you are confronted with just about everywhere you turn.
To say something is sexually deviant does not mean that it is not popular in a culture. If deviance means “different from what is considered to be normal or morally correct” (Webster), a lot of things condemned in scripture are considered normal by people today. The world may not see these departures are deviant, but what the world thinks cannot overthrow the will of God. God made us and knows how we best function in every area of life. He also created sex as a blessing for people to enjoy within the boundaries He has set. We deviate from that standard to our own individual hurt and to our own society’s peril and demise (cf. Prov. 14:34). Jesus warned that what came out of man’s heart defiles him, defilement that includes evil thoughts, fornication, adultery, coveting, wickedness, and sensuality, among other things (Mark 7:20-23).
No country or even time has a monopoly on sexual deviance. The Bible warns about it in both testaments, with even graphic illustrations of the problem and how God feels about it, but He does so because He knows what’s best for us. The couple (or individuals in the marriage) who turn to pornography to “spice up” their marriage will suffer for it. Those who tinker with God’s marriage plan in whatever way will see the bitter fruit of it. What God wants is for us to see what He has laid down for us to follow, strive to follow it, and enjoy the great reward that comes in doing things His way! We must not deviate into deviance, but will do so to our own hurt! Let’s keep confidence that His way is the only way and it is the best way.