The Bible is incredibly rational.
There is a very simple yet incredibly wise passage in 1 Corinthians 7:2 which says this, “2 But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.” Many people have called the morality of the Bible puritanical. But it is just practically wise and sensible.
In a “free love” society, or a sexually free market, you create a situation where a large percentage of women will simply default to being whores, that is they will trade sexual favours for monetary gain and status, and a smaller percentage of men will default to being polygamous chiefs, that is a smaller percent of men will corner the market on most of the young and attractive women.
This creates a monopolising market system. That is a system where a vast number of men fail to succeed with the vast number of women, and where many women struggle to be monogamous with a man because of the promiscuity they practiced with men in their younger years, to capitalize on their sexual capital. This is why a large percentage of women become whores, that is, they turn their sexuality into capital to use to move upwards in society, as much as they can. This is why a large percentage of men fail with women, especially when younger, because they do not have much social capital to trade with, but a small percentage become monopolisers.
The damaging effects this has on society are manifest for all to see. You do not need to be a Christian today to see the inherent problems that a sexual free market causes. All kinds of people from all over the political and religious spectrum are talking about them. The more sexual partners women have the harder they find it to have a monogamous marriage. The more that the top percentage of men monopolise the women, the more that many other men are becoming jaded with our current society.
This is why every truly Christian society – that is a society that openly professed Christ and almost everyone was part of the church – highly regulated the sexual marketplace. Because a free sexual market undermines pretty much every other relationship in society by creating a perpetually increasing cycle of broken homes, families and relationships.
So, what is the solution to this ever-growing problem in society? The answer was given to us by Paul, “2 But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.” I know for some people this feels like something that is easier said than done. But many societies have largely managed to fulfill this. Not perfectly, there will never be a perfect society in this world. But largely they succeeded and their societies succeeded because they regulated sex in wise ways, by keeping it in a marriage between a man and woman. Sex is too powerful not to be restrained. The Bible’s answer to sexual temptation is a good answer: have sex in the context of marriage, with one spouse. This is a good answer.
Matthew Littlefield writes to think through some of the current issues facing society, the Church and whatever else comes to mind that might be interesting to process. Matt's focus is usually historical or scriptural, though he will address current issues from time to time as well. He is a co-author of The Ezekiel Declaration and the book, Defending Conscience, How Baptists reminded the Church to defy tyranny. He blogs most days at YoungGospelMinister.blogspot.com.
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