The Words of the Gow Family
The Bitter Fruits of the Sexual Revolution
Haven Bradford Gow
According to an article in the Nov. 9, 1999 Washington Times, the number of out-of-wedlock births to young women skyrocketed in the 1990s. Census Bureau statistics reveal that between 1990 and 1994, 41% of girls and women aged 15-29 were unmarried when they gave birth to their first child, while the number 60 years earlier was only 8%; moreover, the number of first babies conceived out-of-wedlock by young women in the 1990s nearly tripled from the 1930s (rising to 53% from 18%).
The nationwide epidemic of teen sex, pregnancies, illegitimate babies, abortions and sexually transmitted diseases is one of many bitter fruits of the sexual revolution ushered into American society in the 1960s by Hugh Hefner, the founding father of Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
Mr. Hefner long has recognized that recreational sex has been and is an immensely profitable business; thus, in his popular and successful magazine, he has emphasized photos of naked women in sexually suggestive positions and editorials, articles and cartoons trying to provide some sort of "philosophical" justification for premarital and extramarital sex, oral and anal sex, voyeurism, incest, necrophilism, child sex abuse, sequential and simultaneous affairs, homosexuality and abortion.
Consider some of the VCR tapes being offered by The Playboy Catalog:
*GIRL MEETS GIRL: "Sexy Swedish college student Bibi travels to the home of her beautiful young aunt. When she finds herself attracted to her aunt’s sexy girlfriends, she decides to seduce them all. Lesbian love abounds as Bibi experiences all-girl orgies and steamy passion."
*BOUND: "A passionate lesbian love affair with the sexy girl next door leads a gangster’s moll to swipe two million dollars of the Mob’s money."
*DEVIL IN THE FLESH: "Debbie is the hot new girl in school, and she’s got her sexual sights on her teacher. But what he doesn’t know about this young seductress is that what Debbie wants, Debbie gets -- or else."
Clearly, a nexus exists between the Playboy philosophy and lifestyle and the pernicious moral/sexual climate permeating society. The Playboy lifestyle reduces sex to a plaything, human beings to mere bodies and human bodies to sex machines; it denigrates the sacredness of sex, marriage, family and human life; it is a lifestyle designed for insecure men and sexually frustrated women who view sex not as the communion of life and love within the sacrament of marriage, but rather as a mere tool of masturbatory and voyeuristic gratification.
In sharp contrast to these hedonistic, self centered and self and socially-destructive sexual attitudes and practices is the Judeo-Christian philosophy of love, sex and human beings which celebrates and affirms the sacredness of sex, marriage, family and human life.
According to the Christian perspective, sex should be and is the language of the body which conveys a communion of hearts, minds and souls within the sacrament of marriage. True love means we desire the genuine good and happiness of the person loved; it means a genuine regard for the moral, spiritual, mental and physical well-being of the person loved. True love within marriage means a husband and wife not only become two-in-one physically but two-in-one mentally, psychically and spiritually as well.
Probably the most beautiful description of true love appears in the New Testament. According to St. Paul, "Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things."
Prior to his conversion on the road to Damascus, St. Paul was a hateful, violent man; but after his conversion, he experienced a change and purification of his heart, mind and soul; he then was able to understand and convey the message of true love.
Many members of our society likewise need to experience a change and purification of heart, mind and soul so they too can understand and practice true love.
Mr. Gow is a TV and radio commentator and writer living in Eudora, Arkansas. He has appeared on TV and radio in Washington DC, Chicago, New York City and across the nation on cable TV to discuss today’s sexual climate and the need to practice purity.
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