Every day we read in the daily newspapers, see on television and hear on the radio news about sex crimes being committed on females by biological fathers, stepfathers, uncles, teachers, and also on the small boys by church priests.
Adultery, fornication and homosexual activities are increasing rapidly.
The perpetrators, after satisfying their desires, are sent to jail but the scars will remain within the abused. This crime is being committed everywhere in the world, including Papua New Guinea.
I supported the comments made by Lutheran Church Head Bishop Reverend Jack Urame that this immoral behaviour is a sign of a breakdown in the dynamics of our cultural values, norms and relationship to love and respect one another. (The National, Mar 27).
In addition to this, the devil has deceived many. I want to quote what Jesus says in Matthew 24:37-39: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”
Papua New Guineans, this is a wake-up call to us as Christians who have been created in the image of God. This crime will not stop. It will continue to the end of the world because the Creator and Redeemer tells us so in the Bible.
Some countries have already legalised same-sex marriage and in this country, people have been practising homosexuality and lesbianism – just for fun or for money.
What can be done to control this crime?
- Family worship is very important. Parents must teach their children about the Word of God. Proverbs 22:6: “Train up child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
- We should have religious instructions in schools. Church pastors or elders must go to schools and conduct Bible studies with the students. For higher institutions, students must join the Scripture Union.
- For adults, they must go to church every Sunday or Sabbath and they will be filled with God’s word and the Holy Spirit will help them bear Christ’s characters as recorded in Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Galatians 5:19-21 recorded the opposite: “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
We must trust in God, love and respect each other in the communities where we live.