Prostitution is Getting Expensive

prostitution1.jpgThis whole illicit episode gives me heartburn. No, maybe the correct term is “heartbreak.”
Twenty-two-year-old, Natalie Dylan (not her real name), has been looking for a creative way to finance her continued education. So she’s decided she can best accomplish this by auctioning off her virginity on the internet to the highest bidder.
The Sacramento State graduate currently holds a degree in women’s studies and intends to use her ill-gotten profits to–are you ready for this?–attain an advanced degree in family and marriage therapy!
Natalie claims she has received in excess of 10,000 bids to participate in her lurid one-night stand. There have been at least 15 offers of $1 million; the current highest bid is $3.7 million.
Yes, you read that correctly, I said “million.” She insists she is not “demeaning herself” (her words) by this wicked (God’s Word, Leviticus 19:29) activity, but that it is simply a business transaction.
“We live in a capitalist society,” Natalie asserts. “Why shouldn’t I be allowed to capitalize on my virginity?”
The online auction site eBay turned Natalie down, so the “sale” is taking place via the Moonlite Bunny Ranch (a Nevada brothel) website. Her plans are to surrender her body–and eternal soul, Matthew 16:26–at the ranch (where her sister “worked” for three weeks to pay off her college debt) at some undisclosed time in the future.
This young lady has made headlines across the nation and has become something of a celebrity figure. I’m struck by several thoughts as I contemplate her fleshly endeavor (Proverbs 5:1-23; 6:20-32; 7:6-27):
1. I wonder if $3.7 million will be enough to balance out the inevitable regret, she will experience some day (2 Corinthians 7:10b).
2. I wonder why any man would pay such an exorbitant price for something Natalie obviously does not value (Proverbs 31:10).
3. I wonder why she has kept virginity for more than 22 years, but has now suddenly decided it’s a commodity to be bartered and sold? If this is simply a capitalist venture with no moral ramifications, why didn’t she sell herself when she was a teenager of legal age? Why has she waited?
4. I wonder what kind of advice she’ll offer to couples years from now whose marriages have been irreparably damaged by premarital sex. Studies show that a) those who have sex before marriage have a 50 percent higher possibility of divorce than those who do not, that b) couples who abstain from sex before marriage are 31 percent more satisfied with their sex lives than those who engage in intimate activity before marriage, and that c) that those who abstain from sex before marriage have the highest rates of marital fidelity (Hebrews 13:5; Galatians 5:19; Matthew 19:9).
5. I wonder what she’ll tell her future husband (and herself) when the two of them find themselves in divorce court because the two of them were never able to work through her highly publicized past (1 Corinthians 7:2).
6. I wonder where our society will be a few decades from now (assuming the earth is still standing), due to her rather public form of harlotry (Genesis 6:5-7; 2 Peter 3:1-13)?
7. I wonder how she’ll explain her actions to the Lord at Judgment (2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-20; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8)? “Lord, this wasn’t a moral issue, this was just a business transaction.”
Years ago I heard a sermon illustration about a man who offered a woman $1,000 to have relations with him. She agreed to the price and proceeded to meet him at a hotel to participate in the unholy activity. When the two of them arrived at their room, he then asked, “How about $10 instead of $1,000?” The woman whipped around and angrily shouted, “No way mister, what kind of girl do think I am?” The man responded, “Lady, we’ve already established what kind of person you are; now we’re just negotiating a price.”
Natalie insists she’s not demeaning herself. I would argue that if you dress like a prostitute, you sound like a prostitute, and you sell ($3.8 million) yourself as a prostitute, then you’ve demeaned yourself as a prostitute (Proverbs 2:16-19).
The Bible still says, “Flee sexual immorality…” (1 Corinthians 6:18a; cf. Romans 13:13; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5). Think about it.

One Reply to “Prostitution is Getting Expensive”

  1. I would like to say that I am indeed surprised by such a blatant disregard for human life and virtue.
    However, this worldly United States culture has been in a tailspin for quite some time.
    They seek to be like the nation’s around them. We must awaken!
    “And you shall not walk in the statutes of the nation which I am casting out before you;
    for they commit all these things, and therefore I abhor them”(Leviticus 20:23).

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