Have you ever noticed inconsistencies in laws regarding moral matters? I was on a jury today in which the defendant was charged with attempting to pay for a “deviant sexual act.” When the lawyers were asking prospective jurors questions, the prosecutor asked if anyone thought prostitution should be legal, or did we all agree that it should be illegal, as it is in Texas at this time.
Oh, boy. Here we go. I raised my hand. I could feel everyone’s stares as I explained that this is one of those things that I’ve thought of lately that I’m not sure of anymore. All I said in explanation was that I wasn’t sure if it should be legal, illegal, probably state regulated if it IS legal. Just not sure. The prosecutor asked me what about DWI? I said, “Illegal!” I guess he was trying to figure out if I’m an anarchist. I’m about as tame as I look. I actually look a bit boring.
We were asked as a group if we all agree that prostitution is harmful to the community. I certainly agree with that. So, why do I have questions? Well, there are already things that most people believe are immoral, such as pornography, that are legal. I believe porn is harmful for everyone who is involved in any way. I don’t believe it’s a victimless thing.
Well, let me back up for the sake of my Christian friends who may be wondering if I’ve lost my mind. Yes, porn and prostitution are sins. They break the commandment that we should not commit adultery even if it’s only in our thoughts, as Jesus brought it to that very level. It is a total dissing of the Covenant relationship that God wants His people to have when they are married. Marriage is supposed to be a visual example of the Covenant that God has with His church. Honesty, fidelity, love and exclusiveness are part of it.
But, have you ever noticed that there is no law against adultery? A married person can break their covenant promise and there is no fine or jail time or anything. Very few people believe it’s OK to do that, but some do. It’s the kind of relationship they choose. So, should adults be free to make these kinds of choices? If adultery and porn are legal, why is prostitution illegal? Would it cut down on the spread of disease if it was regulated and the prostitutes had to see a doctor regularly? Would it make our streets safer if we didn’t have prostitutes hanging out on the streets? I see it all the time. I live in ‘that’ part of town. Just wondering……