If anyone doubts that we’re in a different world now in regard to how people view sexual immorality, listen to David Letterman’s “confession” on his Late Show last week and how the audience responded to it.
I’ve long been alarmed over how the younger generation views illicit sexual relationships — i.e. the no guilt, no big deal, “it’s just sex!” attitude. Now even adultery is “no big deal.” And it goes even further, it’s not even a big deal that an employer takes advantage of his position to have a sexual relationship with his employees (and this after all the warnings and outrage over sexual harassment in the workplace? Where are the feminists when you need them?). And the employer does so for an extended season with numerous employees and then only comes to confess it after being threatened with blackmail. . . . AND then, no one seems to think that what he did is a big deal? And in fact, instead of being denounced, he is seen as a victim? What???
Being a pervert doesn’t mean being a little scrawny guy in a basement, wearing dingy jeans and a black U2 t-shirt, with stringy, greasy hair, watching XXXXX videos and getting your jollies by imagining what you’re going to do when all the ladies finally see you in all your irresistible maleness.
Being a pervert means being someone who turns things upside down. You view the world in the opposite way from what God created it to be. You see nothing wrong with what God calls evil. And you turn up your nose in priggish offense over what God declares to be good. You despise righteousness and applaud wickedness. You laugh at ungodliness and mock holiness. And worst of all, you do this without a tinge of guilt, thinking that anyone who protests against your disposition is an intolerable prude.
That’s perversion. And that means that we live in a land of perverts — perverts who bathe regularly, keep up with the latest fashions, are funny, gifted, rich, and respectable — but for all that, are nothing but perverts at bottom. God says this is the stage of “reprobation” — when men know the judgment of God against ungodliness and know that such deeds are worthy of death and yet “not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” (Rom. 1:28-32). It’s not a very encouraging sign, but at least it makes it clear where we’re living. Welcome to “Pervertville.”