About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Of Cultural Prostitution
At His appointed time God will hand people over to their sinful desires and shameful lusts (Romans 1:24 - 26). Those who have known God's righteous decree but continue to live in sin and approve of others who do so, deserve death (Romans 1:32). To help us understand what the Apostle Paul is saying I refer you to the detailed account of two prostitutes found in Ezekiel 23.
Ezekiel 23 concerns
two young sisters who forsook God to prostitute themselves with pagan men
to satisfy their sensual cravings. Ezekiel
went into much descriptive detail to show how these two girls enjoyed the
sexual attention that was lavished on them by their lust-filled lovers.
They especially appreciated being compensated with the good life
provided by these men, that is, until their beauty faded.
They were then discarded as trash and left to die.
In other words, their sin eventually led to their deserved death,
and thus the meaning to Romans 1:32.
Ezekiel said that
these two sisters represented
Western people have
saturated themselves with all kinds of violence and ungodly expressions of
sexuality in every media format available to their depraved minds.
The desire for violent entertainment, for example, is now being
played out in real time and real life.
We have become that which has entertained us and it is literally
killing us. Remember, death is
what Paul said a culture like ours deserves as was seen in Ezekiel 23 with
If God hasn't
already handed the West over to its sins, His decision to do so can't be
far off. Romans 1:32 is
definitely applicable. "Although
they (the West included) know God's righteous decree (as it has known)
that those who do such things (sin) deserve death, they not only continue
to do these very things but also approve (legalize immorality) of those
who practice them."
The consequence of
cultural prostitution is death. "I'm
about to deliver you into the hands of those you hate ... They will deal
with you in hatred and take away everything you have worked for"
(Ezekiel 23:28 - 29). "Since
you have forgotten me and turned your back on me, you must bear the
consequences of your lewdness and prostitution" (Ezekiel 23:35).
If there was ever a time for this prophetic word of warning in our
western world, it is now.