Sparring with the invisible man
January 27, 2013 § 7 Comments
Recent discussions have shown that many people are offended by the fact that some sins are visible while others are invisible. This makes life inherently and irrevocably unequal, with those inequalities splitting along all sorts of different, um, fault lines. One of those fault lines runs along the inherent differences between men and women.
When sins are invisible the sinner often escapes the natural consequences of his sin. (For the time being, at least. Ask Lance Armstrong). How this plays out in day to day life is unfair: reality makes some sins more visible than others, and therefore the immediate, temporal consequences of sin are unequal and discriminatory.
And so it is with the grave, intrinsic evil of fornication. It is proposed to be unfair that the sin of fornication physically manifests itself sometimes in the woman’s pregnancy. In order to find out when men fornicate it is usually (though not always) necessary to engage in active and intrusive investigation. People who complain about the situation seem at first to want us to engage in this kind of active investigation, because it is unfair (supposedly) for women to face consequences, for this particular kind of sin, that men do not face in statistically equal numbers[*]. Equality of outcome must be mandated.
In reality though that isn’t what they propose, because none of them (so far) will sign up for draconian investigations into everyones’ private lives in order to ensure that invisible sins carry equal consequences alongside visible sins. So in the end the outrage isn’t over the fact that some people are getting away with it. The outrage is over the fact that some people aren’t.
But you can take that “unfairness” up with God, since He is the one Who made things that way.
[*] It should be pointed out that many men actually do face consequences for fornication and adultery, and many women don’t. Just ask General Petraeus.