This week, we are considering what it looks like to live life void of other gods and free from idols. Today’s tragic story illustrates the dangers of worshiping the god of sex. Amnon was not the first to fall prey. There were countless before him, and the number since are innumerable as well.
Still, what Amnon did was unthinkable. Not only did he rape a woman, but this was also an act of incest. (Tamar was his half-sister.) For some, the reading of this story and/or simple mention of words like those above may evoke painful memories of past experiences. May I, first of all, let you know that I am praying for you as I write this. Although I have no knowledge of your name or situation, I am asking God to bring healing to you.
Amnon’s story demonstrates the power of the god of sex. He was so obsessed that he became ill. This was not a classic case of a person who was “love sick.” He wanted something that was beyond his natural reach and outside of the supernatural plan of God. The god of sex has a way of making the unthinkable and ungodly inviting.
Jonadab was certainly no help. He encouraged Amnon to pursue the untouchable. Both entertainment and so called “experts” will do that. They can make you feel like you deserve the little fling or the immoral expression.
Eventually, Amnon disregarded the guard rails. He deceived David and Tamar. Eventually, he forced himself on his own family member.
But then came the thing that may surprise us most. After this shameful encounter, his intense love turned to hatred of even greater intensity.
Here is the main point I want to make about the god of sex. Though countless people deceive others or hide their actions to worship this idol, they end up being the deceived ones. Outside of the wrong context of marriage, it creates bondage or brokenness. It will keep a person coming back. It will cause a person to pursue it at deeper and more dangerous levels. It will cause a person to hate others and hate themselves. The god of sex lures with inviting promises only to leave dissatisfied worshipers.
This is a good reminder for us to follow the New Testament instruction. “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” (Eph. 5:3)