A couple of weeks ago, the Boston Globe featured an article about growing efforts across the US to decriminalize/legalize prostitution, even at the federal level. Can you guess what political group is leading the charge on that? That party’s push to address this issue even led one libertarian journalist, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, to weigh in on it just last week. She implied that Christians should stay out of the conversation. If the decriminalization/legalization of prostitution promotes the idea no one has the right to tell adults what to do with their own bodies, or it’s “the only means of survival” for them, or it “empowers” prostitutes with workplace protections and financial stability as their defenders claim, why should Christians be against it?
The short answer is that we have a heart. We want to honor God by helping society steer away from moves that will ultimately make sinful society even worse for the citizens of society. In this sinful upside down world where good is called evil and evil is called good, where true Christians are falsely labeled as misogynistic, discriminatory, homophobic, human rights violators, we must never ever apologize for being in love with the Lord and believing every word in his word. Every excuse mentioned above in favor of prostitution is an outright lie and lies are typical of the group(s) backing prostitution.
God warned us through the prophet Hosea about all of the dangers and societal breakdowns that occur when prostitution, which he calls “whoredom,” is decriminalized or legalized. When Israel and Judah legalized physical, sexual whoredom, they did it to promote false religion, a.k.a. spiritual whoredom. All false religions mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments had the practice of using female and/or male prostitutes, whether it was the worship of Baal, Molech, Asherah (or Astarte, the “groves”), Diana, etc. In Hosea 4, Jehovah also listed the other negatives linked to and spread by both spiritual and physical whoredom, which go hand-in-hand. They include:
- Lying (Hosea 4:1-2)
- Swearing, cursing (Hosea 4:2)
- Lack of knowledge (both spiritual and educational) (Hosea 4:1, 6)
- Killing (Hosea 4:2)
- Stealing (Hosea 4:2)
- Adultery (Hosea 4:2, 13, 14)
- Disrespect and hate for righteous clergy (Hosea 4:4)
- Corrupt clergy (Hosea 4:6, 9)
- Corrupt, greedy rulers (Hosea 4:18)
- Harm to animals and the environment (Hosea 4:3, 10)
- Drunkenness (Hosea 4:11)
- Growing numbers of prostitutes (Hosea 4:13-14)
- Increase of false religions with occult practices (Hosea 4:12-13)
Long story short, whoredom was a central characteristic of a corrupt culture. So corrupt, in fact, that the Lord told this to Hosea in v. 11:
Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.
In other words, whoredom, along with the substance abuse that accompanies it, makes people heartless. That’s reason enough to oppose it in any time period or culture, including in the West today.
Stephanie Ebbert, Sex work or sexual abuse? US Representative Pressley, activists debate decriminalizing prostitution, Boston Globe, December 16, 2019.
Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Andrew Yang Is Wrong About Prostitution, Reason.com, December 23, 2019.