23 January 2013

“I Will Not Punish Your Daughters When They Commit Harlotry”

As I was writing a previous post, I came across a passage in Hosea that really stood out to me:

“Harlotry, wine, and new wine enslave the heart.  My people ask counsel from their wooden idols, and their staff informs them.  For the spirit of harlotry has caused them to stray, and they have played the harlot against their God.  They offer sacrifices on the mountaintops, and burn incense on the hills, under oaks, poplars, and terebinths, because their shade is good.
Therefore your daughters commit harlotry, and your brides commit adultery.  I will not punish your daughters when they commit harlotry, nor your brides when they commit adultery; for the men themselves go apart with harlots, and offer sacrifices with a ritual harlot.  Therefore people who do not understand will be trampled.” [Emphasis added.]

The book of Hosea functions basically as an object lesson demonstrating how God feels about Israel.  Recall that God commanded Hosea to take a harlot as a wife.  Hosea’s wife, Gomer, was unfaithful to Hosea.  After they got married, Gomer bore Hosea a couple of children, then reverted back to harlotry, and eventually ended up being enslaved, whereupon Hosea was commanded to buy her back.  What God wanted to illustrate was that, in a spiritual sense, Israel’s behavior towards God was identical to Gomer’s behavior towards Hosea.  Israel was being promiscuously unfaithful towards God, which prompts God to levy the condemnation quoted above.

What’s intriguing is that God says that he will not punish the women of Israel for their harlotry because the men are acting as spiritual harlots towards God.  The men of Israel had forsaken God and chased after idols, and offered those idols the best sacrifices, leaving God either leftovers or nothing at all.  God, then, decides to give the men of Israel a fitting punishment:  He won’t hold women responsible to the natural consequences of their harlotry. As long as the men of Israel cheat on God, God will enable the women of Israel to cheat on the men of Israel.

By now, the parallels to 21st century America should be obvious.  One common lament in the manosphere is that women go about riding the carousel, as the expression goes, often without much in the way of impunity.*  Women don’t get ostracized for acting like sluts; those who try to shame promiscuous women are often stopped in their tracks.  Thanks to birth control, condoms, and modern medicine, women face ridiculously health and pregnancy risks for sleeping around with multiple partners.  In the event they do get pregnant, abortion is not only legal, but relatively available.  And even if abortion isn’t possible, the state will provide women with plenty of financial support for them and their bastard spawn.  Quite frankly, women face minimal negative consequences for slutting it up.

While it may be comforting to look for naturalist explanations for why it is the case that women can slut it up without suffering what should be the natural consequences, it is likely more beneficial to ask whether there is a spiritual explanation why daughter aren’t being punished for playing the harlot and why brides are not being punished for committing adultery.

I would suggest that, as in the days of Hosea, the reason why women are essentially getting away with being whores is due to men being unfaithful to God.  The modern American man no longer worships Jehovah, but instead worships the idols of power, fame, intellect, sports, wealth, and Woman.  Most modern American men couldn’t tell you why they believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God, but they can tell you what team will win the championship and why.  They can tell you why capitalism is the best system ever devised, and why the government should be pro-business.  They can tell you what colleges are most prestigious, and what scholastic tests best indicate scholastic abilities.  They can tell what specific behaviors should ensure success what with women.  They can tell you all about why someone became famous, and what you should do to become famous like them.  They can tell you all about all sorts of legislation and judicial rulings, and their implications for the country, and they can tell you all about how to become politically active.  They can give you more details than you would ever need to know about anything except God.

Men have forsaken God and have pursued everything the world has to offer.  And that’s why women get away with being whores.

* There are some long-term consequences, but that’s for another post.