The Sixth Commandment

The Sixth Commandment

You shall not commit adultery.


The “oldest profession” in the world… prostitution

The base desire of every human (especially men)… sex

The human sex drive is an incredibly powerful motivator. “Sex sells” the saying goes. Sex is used to sell everything from soap to chicken wings. Sex is an inescapable facet of our culture. Watch ten minutes of television and count how many sexual references are made. Movies, TV shows, commercials, books, and the internet make it almost impossible to live in this modern world without seeing sex-based entertainment on a daily basis.

God says, “You shall not commit adultery.” Jesus says, “I tell you anyone who looks at another woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

It’s just not fair! How in the world can God expect us to obey this commandment? He created us. If he expected us to remain completely monogamous why did he put such a powerful sexual desire inside of us? This is such an old fashioned idea! This generation is so much more sexually enlightened than our grandparent’s generation.

The list of complaints goes on and on. The list of excuses goes on and on. “There is nothing new under the sun.” That is what Solomon said.

Is God really unfair when he demands that we be perfectly holy? Isn’t he perfectly holy? Didn’t he create us? Shouldn’t that give him the right to tell us how to live?

Is this generation really more sexually enlightened than previous generations? Is this generation really more enlightened than the ancient Greeks whose men regularly had many sexual partners: women, men, and boys? Do we really think that our grandparent’s generation was free of the sexual promiscuity that runs rampant today?

There is nothing new under the sun. Since the fall into sin sex has been getting people into trouble. Since the fall into sin people have been looking for a way to commit their sexual sins without feeling guilty.

God’s message is clear and damning. It is impossible to live by this commandment. Instead of blaming God for that, instead of trying to minimize what God says about sex, why don’t we reflect on our hopelessly sinful hearts and let that underscore our need for a savior?

This is what the law does. It makes us fall to our knees and beg for forgiveness.

Guess what? God offers forgiveness. God’s love for us compelled him to find a way to save us. As a just God he could not simply turn the other way and pretend that our sins of adultery were no big deal. Someone had to be punished for our wandering eyes and lustful thoughts. That someone was Jesus.

In no way is this an easy commandment to keep. This sex-filled world makes this commandment that much harder to keep. One can’t even do a simple Google search without running the risk of seeing something that shouldn’t be seen, but that is no excuse. Our sins are great. Our sins of adultery are inevitable. Our Savior is greater. Forgiveness is ours. In thanksgiving we can face the struggle every day to live as God would have us live.

You shall not commit adultery.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.


About vicarhoff

I am thrilled and honored to be serving as vicar/intern at Christ the King Lutheran Church and School for a whole year!

Posted on October 21, 2011, in Church, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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