We live in difficult times when immorality spreads quickly, and society does not realize the danger and does not intervene. In early May 2007, the European Parliament condemned Poland as a “country of hatred” for not allowing the promotion of homosexuality in public schools. On April 26, a vote was taken by a European Parliament resolution condemning Poland for “homophobia.” The resolution, adopted by 325 votes to 124, with 150 abstentions, calls for a mission to verify Poland in order to “legalize homosexuality worldwide” and to set up a commission to prosecute UE member states that are not fulfilling their UE obligations. As we see, any attempt to preserve the moral values of mankind is interpreted as “homophobia,” and the fact that immorality destroys entire nations, families and human lives leaves people indifferent. The saddest thing is that many Christians, who are called by the Lord Jesus to be “the light of the world and the salt of the earth,” have been overwhelmed by this indifference. History teaches us very sad lessons in this regard.
The history of the people of Israel knows a period of judges, before the monarchy. This period of judges is described in the pages of Holy Scripture as a time when there was no king in Israel and everyone did what pleased him or what was right and good in his eyes. Chapters 19–21 of the book of Judges describe a tragic case, when immorality brought great destruction to the people.
People affected by immorality
There are many in this three-chapter passage. A Levite, that is, a priest, who was called to teach people the Word of God, is the first character affected by immorality in this story. Under the pressure of immorality in society, he accepted the same way of life and “took as his wife a woman from Bethlehem of Judah” (Judges 19:1). Cohabitation is an ugly practice before God because it involves sexual intercourse without concluding a marriage covenant, and people live in cohabitation because they do not want to assume the responsibilities of a covenant, but only to have sex. Cohabitation is fornication and today, as in the days of judges, people have come to accept this practice as normal. When I told a close relative about her son, who lives in a cohabitation, that this is a sin and a bad thing, she replied: “These are the times we live in. Everyone does that. I am glad that he lives only with one woman and not with several and thus is protected from venereal diseases.” What a deception! Venereal diseases are one of the many consequences of immorality and her son will continue to suffer these consequences, one by one.
Further, in the case described in the book of Judges, it is told that this woman was not faithful to the Levite, she left him and went to her father’s house. The Levite followed her to the woman’s father, who was also affected by immorality. He should have confronted him and asked him to marry her or leave his daughter alone. But, it seems that he also had the same “excuse” that all people invoke today that “these are the times.”
After meeting and receiving that woman back from her father, the Levite went home and wanted to spend the night in the city of Gibeah from Benjamin. A tragedy took place there, because even before going to bed, the men of the city, who were corrupt by immorality, surrounded the house and said to the master of the house, “Take out the man who came in to you, that we may have relations with him.” (Judges 19:22) The master of the house still had his mind affected by immorality, once he said to those who stormed his house: “No, my fellows, please do not act so wickedly; since this man has come into my house, do not commit this act of folly. Here is my virgin daughter and his concubine. Please let me bring them out that you may ravish them and do to them whatever you wish. But do not commit such an act of folly against this man.” (Judges 19:23–24). The Levite brought out his mistress and gave her to the wicked men. The woman had only so much value in his eyes as a person. After being raped all night, in the morning, this woman died and the Levite cut the corpse into 12 pieces to send to all 12 tribes of Israel as a testimony and provoke them to take an attitude. And all the people gathered themselves together as one man unto the LORD at Mizpeh, and determined to punish the wicked, and to bring forth this evil out of the land. However, they clashed with another group of people who were affected by immorality, so they defended the immoral, just because they were related to them. This was the tribe of Benjamin. A great confrontation followed with serious consequences, which I will write about below.
So far, however, it is enough to see that since immorality has been tolerated and people have been indifferent, without taking attitude and action, this immorality has spread very quickly, very much and has affected almost all people. The consequences were borne by all.
Indifferent people tolerated immorality.
As we saw above, this girl’s father had nothing to say to rebuke that Levite, who treated his daughter like a whore, since he was in a cohabitational relationship with her. It is not difficult to imagine the motivation of the father when he tolerated this evil. He would have liked his daughter to be “happy,” too. He would say he wants the best for her, he wants her to have a family. He wanted to achieve this “good” in his eyes at the cost of tolerating immorality. It can’t be that way. Immorality will never make anyone happy.
And it came to pass, when the people were coming to battle against the men of Gibeah that had escaped from Benjamin, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, “Who shall go up first for us to battle against the sons of Benjamin?” Then the Lord said, “Judah shall go up first.” (Judges 20:18). I wondered why God made that choice. Possibly due to the fact that they are the most numerous of all the tribes of Israel… We understand better after we see how the battles went. After the first day of battle, all the people of Israel suffered a great defeat from the immoral people so that they lost 22,000 people. The next day, God does not change the order, Judah is also the first to go to battle and the next day there was another great defeat in which 18,000 men of the people of Israel died. In this total number of 40,000 men, it is obvious that the overwhelming number belongs to the men of Judah who lost their lives on the battlefield. On the third day, God gave them a battle plan and they were able to bring great defeat to the immoral ones. Why in those first two days did God allow those great defeats, with great sacrifices of human lives? Because the whole nation was guilty of indifference to the evil that was growing in Benjamin, and no one intervened to stop this evil. Now they had to pay the price and learn the lesson. Judah was Beniman’s neighbor. Rest assured that they had heard what was happening in the cities of Benjamin and were aware of the growing evil, but they never took an attitude and actions. If the people of Judah had taken a right attitude, if they had confronted the people of Gibeah, they would not have gotten to this point. Now the indifferent had to share the price of the consequences with the immoral. It has been and always will be so, in all times.
There was another category of people, namely, the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead, who did not even appear at the meeting where it was decided to take an attitude. After the end of the war, all the people decided to punish the indifferent and killed all the men in Jabesh, just as they killed the immoral people in Gibeah. This decision of theirs was not one in which they asked God and were approved by Him. But, so they did… All these examples highlight a principle that I want to write in capital letters: THE INDIFFERENT ARE GUILTY TO THE SAME EXTENT OF THE SPREAD OF IMMORALITY AS IMMORAL PEOPLE AND WILL PAY THE SAME CONSEQUENCES.
Take a stand today to stop immorality!
Today I was invited to speak at a meeting of women in the Holy Trinity Church. I was pleasantly surprised to see how these Christians studied from the Holy Scriptures how to relate properly to their wives, children, and to build strong families. I was very encouraged when I saw how all these women discussed, then drafted and signed letters asking the Government to outlaw the Gender-DocM organization.
This organization of homosexuals and lesbians is very aggressive in promoting immorality and poses a great danger to society, family and the state. At their last public event, they officiated the “marriage” of two homosexuals, thus seriously violating Article 48 of our country’s Constitution.
There are many Christians who have taken an attitude toward immorality and thus it has been possible to stop many actions of corrupt people. Now it’s your turn to take a stand. Do it now. Don’t procrastinate! So that you don’t wake up one day that your terrified daughter will come and tell you that her husband is gay or that your grandchildren have become gay or lesbian. If you tolerate evil now through indifference, it will soon affect your family, your relatives, your life. Then you will have to pay a high price and the price will be for indifference, which bears the same share of guilt as immorality. Open the Prime Minister’s website and send a message asking for the elimination of this malicious organization. This is your right, which is offered to you by the Constitution.
May God help us to be righteous in attitude and determined to do good.
Translated by Didina Vicliuc