“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘I am the Lord your God. According to the doings of the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall not do; nor shall you walk in their ordinances. You shall observe My judgments and keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.”
Israel needed to learn a very important lesson if they were going to be successful in walking with the Lord. That lesson: the Word of God is counter-cultural in every culture. They were being called to live by a different, and higher standard than the nation they came out of, and the one they were entering into. The same is true of the Christian today. It should not be shocking to us that the world has a different view of what is holy, acceptable, right or wrong, than we do. Instead of looking to the culture around us, we need to look into the Word of God to learn what is holy and what is sinful.
I find it interesting that the first area God addresses, after explaining that culture and His Word will not agree, is the area of sexuality. Moses gives a long list of things that were apparently, culturally acceptable in Egypt and Canaan, but were forbidden by God. Those things include incest, polygamy, beastialty, and homosexuality.
Our culture is consumed with sex; it is the underlining theme of most TV shows, music videos, and songs. Many of the social media sites are riddled with enticing pictures, and pornography is a multimillion dollar worldwide industry. It has become common place for people to have sexual relations, and even to live together, before marriage, and for marriage to be considered disposable. One of the saddest commentaries, is that this seems to be almost as common among professing Christians, as it is in the world at large.
It is time that we, as believers, realize we are called to a higher standard. We should not look at the world, but to the Word, to determine how we will live.