Must Read Monday: Sex as Commodity, Flat-Earth Beliefs, Chick-fil-A’s SuccessApril 9, 2018
Is sex a sacred gift of God or merely a consumer product? Women’s March defends prostitution
The truth: sex is the good gift of God intended by God to be experienced and enjoyed within the context of marriage between a husband and wife. Every other sexual encounter or engagement is outside the bounds of God’s good intention.
The lie: sex is a commodity to be traded on the open market and if you own the means of production (you’re a person willing to sell yourself or you’re willing to sell someone else whom you consider a product) then shutting down marketplaces where sexual commerce is taking place, feminists argue, is unjust.
The Women’s March tweeted, “The shutting down of #Backpage is an absolute crisis for sex workers who rely on the site to safely get in touch with clients. Sex workers rights are women’s rights” (Twitter). As a woman, that offends me.
To be clear, Backpage is a sexual exploitation marketplace where children and other vulnerable people are trafficked for sex acts. The characterization of those who buy sex via Backpage as “clients” is the moral front we must necessarily confront. As long as there are people willing to pay for sex acts performed by children and other vulnerable people, there will be people willing to sell them.
The innocent civilians, many of them women and children, targeted by their own government by chemical weapons in the civil war in Syria, need our prayers. In a world as small as ours has become, those who survive will one day know that we knew and they will wonder why we didn’t do more to help them.
You will read that President Trump has taken to referring to the Syrian President as “Animal Assad.” Here’ the problem with that: animals don’t have moral agency and Syria’s President Assad is morally responsible for his actions. As we pray and appeal to our members of Congress and support ministries and relief agencies working on the ground in Syria, let us also be mindful of our language. People are precious, each of them and all of them, because they are image bearers of God. And, each will one day stand before God.
The Earth is Round, but only 66% of younger millennials believe it
The truth matters and the truth is, the shape of the Earth is spherical. So, maybe those who deny the Earth is round are taking issue with the precision of the word round vs. sphere? Not according to a recent survey of a cross section of Americans. And it isn’t the oldest Americans who choose to believe the Earth may be flat, it’s the youngest adults (18-24). What’s going on here?
The article says, “The most predictive demographic factor that explains flat-Earth belief appears to be religion, the YouGov survey suggested. According to the results, 52 percent of those who said the world was flat also called themselves “very religious,” a descriptor that only 20 percent of Americans as a whole use for themselves.” But what kind of religion would this be? The erosion of authority is notable here. We’re talking about a significant minority of young adults who have lost faith in some of the most basic science.
Good news? Yes!
Have you ever wondered what’s behind Chick-fil-A’s enormous success?