“Whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonor shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away” (Proverbs 6:32–33).
The pathetic saga of adultery is once again playing out in the press as top U.S. military officials failed to keep their spiritual armor on.
I wonder how squirmy those who are committing adultery get when they see the dishonor unfold publicly. Surely many have their conscience seared. Notwithstanding the individual and the size of their pubic stage, the deception will eventually be spoken upon the housetops and their secret acts will be revealed (See Doctrine and Covenants 1:3).
One wise spiritual leader said over a decade ago, “the keeping of the seventh commandment is such a vital shield! By lowering or losing that shield, the much-needed blessings of heaven are lost. No person or nation can prosper for long without those blessings” (read the discourse here).
Far too many Americans have lowered the shield. We seem to be insensitive to that which is sacred and over-indulgent is that which is sensual. We are gagging on the philosophy of moral relativism and rotting on unrestrained sexual perversions. It will deter prosperity. How has adultery and the disintegration of the family increased happiness, both temporally and spiritually? It hasn’t and never will. The deceptive life of immorality leads to misery and ruin. It destroys families and wounds for many years the tender, chaste, and delicate hearts of children.
John Adams taught: “There could be no cleanliness without discipline.” Something top U.S. military officials should understand. The vile enemies of America are not in an alarming frantic to acquire arms to wage war against us. Rather, they foster activities and trends harmful to the spirit of man and simply wait and watch the immoral collapse of the general populace. Sadly it is evident in far too many of our public servants.
Can America admit her transgressions? Can we choose discipline and virtue over permissiveness and immorality?