Concerning God’s Law and Royal Weddings

When I clicked on the computer yesterday morning I should not have been surprised with all of the Facebook traffic concerning the “royal wedding.” The giddiness and gaiety from the fairer sex could only be compared to the excitement that many men feel when their favorite college football team finally makes the BCS National Championship Game (of course, as a fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks, I have absolutely no idea how that might feel).

All of that being said, what crossed my mind was this simple question, “Doesn’t the fact that William and Kate have been living together for months take some of the luster off of the grand event?” In November of last year MSNBC ran an article entitled, “Royal shack-up: Kate and William moved in months ago.” The most telling sentence about the present level of cultural morality (or better yet, cultural immorality) is to be found near the end of the article where it states simply, “If Her Majesty’s royal subjects are aghast at the disclosure that William and Kate have been cohabiting, they haven’t shown it. But then again, it is 2010.”

I realize that I may be a “lone voice crying in the wilderness,” but God’s Law is the same today (in 2011) as it was when Moses brought the tablets down from Mt. Sinai. Whether it involves pre-marital infidelity, adultery, homosexuality, pornography, polygamy, or some other form of sexual deviancy, sexual sin is still sexual sin. Granted, I know that I should not expect non-Christians to live like Christians, but if it’s all right with you, I will be “aghast at the disclosure that William and Kate have been cohabiting.” Better yet, I will be “aghast” at the sin that I see in my own life.

Let me openly confess that the sin in my life is as dark and as deep as anyone’s; and apart from the grace of God poured out through the life and death of His only Son, I would have no hope either in this world or in the world to come. So what should the Christian’s attitude be toward sin in general and especially the sin in his own life? I close with these words from the Book of Romans to those who have been justified by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone:

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self1 was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free1 from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. 15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves,1 you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. 20 When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:1-23)

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