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Friday, October 20, 2017
What Matthew 5 Means in an Age of Instant Sexual Gratification

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Author's note: This is a guest post by my daughter, Melanie Tomczak, in response to the heart-wrenching #MeToo posts that show just how prevalent sexual aggression is in our world today.

On Oct. 15, actress Alysssa Milano asked her twitter followers to reply, "Me too" and share their personal experiences of being sexually harassed or assaulted. This came as a response to the surge of devastating sexual harassment claims against Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein.

I don't think anyone could have anticipated what came next.

It went viral.

Two words turned into a worldwide movement of gut-wrenching honesty and transparency.

Monday morning, I awoke to find my social media feed inundated with posts with the same #Me too hashtag. It was unavoidable. I read the accounts of those I love and how their lives have been affected by the actions of others.

This isn't something you can just ignore and keep "scrolling". My heart has been heavy since I saw the very first "Me too" account on my Facebook wall.

As I took this heaviness to God, and asked Him, "Why?" He reminded me of these words:

"You have heard that it was said by the ancients, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart" (Matt. 5:27-28).

These are some pretty bold words from Jesus. He's addressing one aspect of sexual activity that has the potential to cause emotional and relational destruction.

In today's modern language, I'd like to re-phrase what he said, like this:

"Don't go taking that which doesn't belong to you sexually. Beyond something physical, I'm gonna raise the bar even further. read more
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