Have you noticed how quickly we accept sin as a normal part of our society? We have reached a dramatic "line in the sand" moment in American culture. Pedophilia is now being taunted as acceptable. The sexual abuse of the innocent is standing like a regent before us, and we have a choice to make. Will we fight for the innocent, or will we sit back and watch our culture normalize something else that is sinful? Israel has hit that point, as well. It is time to draw a line in the sand, and it all starts with man who desires a concubine. A concubine would have been a woman who would not rise to the title of wife but would be used by the man for sexual pleasure and possibly even children. It seems common among this sinful culture of Israel, and the father of the young lady even entertains this man for several days before sending them home. Sexual sin is already a problem, but when they arrive at Gibeah to stay the night, a group of men surround the house they are in and demand that the visitor come out so they can rape him. Eventually, the concubine is sent out into the crowd and left for the night. The next morning, the man finds his concubine on the front stoop used and abused. Sexual sin is rampant among God's people. Sexual sin normally leads to more sin. After returning home, this man cuts his concubine into pieces and mails her parts to the twelve tribes. God understands the dangers of sexual sin and provides a strong argument for purity in His Word. We, as Christ-followers, must be setting an example in our purity according to 1 Timothy 4:12. We are commanded to do so.

Help me, Lord, to surrender my sex life to You. Help me to seek purity before marriage and throughout marriage as I celebrate the blessing of a spouse who loves You and loves me.