"Now concerning the things of which you wrote me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband" (I Cor. 7:1-2).
What do Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Ray Moore, Al Franken, John Conyers, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Rose, Bill O'Reily, and Matt Lauer all have in common? They all are facing allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct with women. In just the last month, we have seen case after case of alleged sexual misconduct in the national news. It has been widespread, ranging from Hollywood to Congress to Journalism. These people have had their careers, and their reputations, completely ruined by these scandals.
It is all part of a culture that has become much too sexually permissive; a culture that has turned away from the biblical teaching of the sanctity of marriage to engage in all kinds of immorality. We are seeing now what happens to a society that follows a philosophy of hedonism. Whenever fidelity in marriage is no longer the standard of behavior, this is what results--sick, disgusting, offensive attitudes and actions towards the opposite sex.
In my parent's and grandparent's generation, boys were taught to RESPECT women. Any sign of disrespect toward a woman was regarded as shameful. I can remember my Dad teaching me the importance of always speaking respectfully to my Mom, and if I didn't, all hell would break loose. How did we ever degenerate into the moral depravity we see today on every hand?
Is it because those in positions of power think they are invincible, and can use their power to get away with anything, even if it is hurtful and demeaning to female employees? Is it because they think they can hide this shameful behavior by paying hush money to their accusers?
Paul's warning to the Corinthians (they were about as carnal as you can get) is still valid today: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. The word "touch" here has the connotation of illicit or immoral touching such as fondling, groping, etc. The principles of the Bible may be old fashioned, but they are more relevant today than ever before. If only these perpetrators had realized the value of living by strict moral standards before it was too late!