Sexual Harassment
by Joe R. Price

From Hollywood, to Washington DC, the floodgates have opened. Reports of alleged - and confirmed - sexual misconduct are heard almost daily. Politicians must be trained to recognize and prevent it ("House moves to mandate sexual harassment training," Cristina Marcos, The shame of a sin-sick society that indulges carnal passions, ignores God and oppresses its fellow citizens, is being exposed for all to see (reminiscent of God's judgment against shameless Babylon: "Your nakedness shall be uncovered, yes, your shame will be seen," Isaiah 47:3). It is a very ugly picture.

God gave the intimacy of sexual contact to marriage (1 Cor. 7:2; Heb. 13:4). But, many reject marriage, demanding immediate, self-indulgent gratification. America's hedonistic culture is consumed with fleshly passions. Those who can, force their sexual appetites on others, in sinful displays of carnality that offend God and mankind.

Sexual harassment is about exerting power over others. People with power - managers, politicians, teachers, coaches, celebrities, and more - are among the prevalent harassers. It's about power and control. The person with power thinks he (she) is entitled, and abuses his position at the expense of the weak and defenseless. Such conduct is contemptible. 

Sexual harassment is about total disrespect for others. This sin manifests extreme selfishness. The dignity and rights of others are violated by this sin. "Lovers of themselves" who are "unloving" aptly describe those who prey on others for their own perverse pleasures (2 Tim. 3:2-3). 

Sexual harassment is about fleshly lust and a lack of self-control. "Perilous times" produce people who are "without self-control," being "lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God" (2 Tim. 3:1-4). We must remember, the world and its lusts never satisfy, and will surely perish (1 John 2:15-17).

The existence of this licentious treatment of others is a warning to protect yourself against such aggressors. No one should have to endure such abuse. Diligently keep yourself pure in thought, word and deed. Love God, and love your neighbor as yourself. (That would solve this sin, wouldn't it?)

- The Spirit's Sword, 11/19/17