Wendy has had two comments that I thought justified a regular post instead of a tag back and forth or reply in the comments.
The first subject is the issue of God’s blessings versus the Tsunami. I posted a thanks to God for being with us over the past year and for His blessing. Wendy commented, “I guess you mean with the exception of the Tsunami victims…”
This type of question could also have been asked about 9/11 or any other event with mass loss of life. The fact is, many people die every day– I would go so far as to say every hour– from all sorts of things. This doesn’t even attempt to take in the number of abortions performed! Yet there is no similar question about the loss of life then? If we started to put a limit on who could die and it would be just, we’d eventually get down to 0.
The point is, God did not create us to die, we chose to because of our sin. We are constantly suffering from our decisions. Now the fact that many died at the same time is a tragedy; however, God is just in how He deals with death and be it all at once, or few here and there, He is still just. What is not just is when man takes another man’s life– and that is a different topic.
After reading and replying to her comment, I followed the link in the comment to her journal which supports the “decriminalization” of prostitution. The current post discussed the pros of decriminalization, including the fact that prostitutes would be able to go to the police about misuse, better pay, better health coverage, etc. I made the comment, in a tag, that we should also consider decriminalizing theft, since that would allow for people to have all they need…
I mean, think about it. If theft were not a crime, those that were poor could simply take all they needed from the local store. We would have no need of worrying about food stamps or other government programs to take care of the poor, they would have all they needed– we would eliminate poverty. We’d also seriously cut down on worry about keeping up with the Joneses since we could always take what the Joneses had and they would not be able to do anything about it. Need to get to work? Just take the car that’s sitting outside. Need some money to send your child to school? Go to the nearest bank.
Of course, you know I’m not serious, but it’s the same argument– and it’s being used over and over again to justify letting people do what they will, even if that means letting them do something morally wrong. Abortion, Drug Use, Prostitution, the list goes on– since “people will do it anyway” and “if we made it legal, then we could control it…” The logic is flawed, and that’s what I was attempting to illustrate with absurdity.
Now, someone could say, “Prostitution is my own body, whereas theft is doing something against someone else.” However, prostitution involves at least two– and I highly doubt the prostitute checks to see if the
man is married, whether or not there are children involved, the background of the person that is paying, etc. Since a sex act– criminal or not– can tarnish a person’s relationships (present and future), can ruin his business, etc., it does have an effect on them. This isn’t some fun extra-curricular activity we’re talking about– it’s sin.
Laws are society’s imposition of morals. Right now, prostitution is illegal (except for some places in Nevada). Even if it were made legal, it would still be immoral.