Letter: With rights come responsibilities
For weeks now we hear people clamoring for their rights when faced with mandates. Don’t they realize that with rights come responsibilities? If we “love our neighbors as ourselves” shouldn’t we be concerned about their welfare? But no! For sixty years we have been bombarded with messages “if it feels good, do it.” The courts have even ruled that men and women who want to engage in reproductive activities strictly for self-gratification, don’t need to be accountable for consequences of their behavior. After all, there are preventive measures available. Too costly? The taxpayer can take care of them. If an accident occurs, corrective measures are available — at taxpayers’ expense.
However, it does not reflect well on members of the male gender, who have left the responsibility strictly on the shoulders of the women. Even worse, for millennia the attitude has been that immoral behavior for both sexes have been the fault of women — The Scarlet Letter etc. Perhaps the most flagrant example has been recorded in the eighth chapter of the Gospel of John. Scribes and Pharisees brought a women who had been taken “in the very act.” According to Mosaic Law, they claimed that she should be stoned. However, they conveniently forgot to take into consideration Leviticus 20:10 and Deuteronomy 22:22,24. If she was taken “in the very act,” where was the other party? The Savior chastised them for their hypocrisy and then charged the woman “to sin no more.” If it was a sin then, is it any less today? While the Ten Commandments mention adultery, does it excuse fornication? The scriptures do not indicate so. Regardless of our rationalizations we will yet be held accountable for our philosophy; it will not be comfortable!
Food for thought, if you are so inclined.