“You shall not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14
A company has come out with a line of greeting cards called “The Secret Lover Collection.” These attractive cards are designed to meet the needs of the growing number of people who have “secret lovers.”
The touching message presented by one of the cards says: “Just when I thought I would never find my true love — you came along . . . And now I can’t imagine my life without you . . .even if I have to share you.”
The designer of this line of cards maintains she is not trying to promote a particular lifestyle, she is just a businesswoman “capitalizing on a market niche.”
I don’t know about you, but boy that sure does make me feel better! I’m so glad to know that in her mind she is not promoting or celebrating adultery, she is just making money off of it.
So how do we react to our culture’s increasing acceptance of adultery?
God made clear His will in the 10 Commandments. “You shall not commit adultery.” Jesus cut below the letter of the law to the heart of the matter when He said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28).
No matter what our culture may tolerate or promote, God’s word is clear. Adultery is sin. Christians are called to live as strangers and aliens in this world. That call itself implies that we should not be surprised when the world is sinful.
We cannot allow ourselves to become acculturated to the point that we no longer see adultery as sin. The more adultery is tolerated, promoted, and even celebrated in our culture, the more difficult it is to avoid acculturation and live as strangers.
Perhaps the greatest contribution we can make to battle the influence of the culture is to be faithful to our marriage vows: celebrating sex as a beautiful gift from God to a husband and wife, training our eyes and minds to be responsive only to the one we married, and building a marriage based on mutual submission, love, and respect.