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The Twin Terrors of our Fallen Nation…

January 24, 2012

Our nation, and indeed the world, is beset with an abundance of adultery and divorce.  Often the two go hand-in-hand wrecking lives and destabilizing society.  Neither are a recent plague, so we find that it was no accident that our Lord addressed both in His Sermon on the Mount.  At the heart of both sins is the idolatry of the self.  Putting the needs and wants of the self above the rightly ordered plan of God.  Adultery takes the gift of sex, intended to unite husband and wife, and turns it into a weapon of division and discord.  Divorce often follows in the destructive wake of adultery leaving behind scarred lives and broken families.  But there is Hope.

God sees us in our sinful state and provides mercy, grace, renewal and redemption to all who repent, turn from their sin, and seek shelter under the sufficient sacrifice of Christ.  In the next several posts, I am going to try and dissect these sticky verses in Matthew 5:27-32.

First, we will look at the root of adultery: lust; the sin, Christ’s solution, and His message regarding our hearts.

Second, we will look at divorce: its history, its pain, and hope for the divorced among us.

Ultimately, and this can not be stressed enough, both are grievous sins with horrific consequences which shatter lives, leaving the participants hurt and broken.  Likewise, though, we must stress that Jesus tackled these issues head on, and His grace is great enough to overcome the sin, mend the broken, and soothe the hurt.

And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them,“Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”  
                                                                                                                        -John 8:7-12
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