But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. – Ephesians 5:3-4
In the last 48 or so hours, the Nigerian social media space was abuzz with reactions to the rather off color joke a popular nigerian comedian called Basketmouth shared on his wall about date rape. Without a doubt the joke was inappropriate and deserving of the censorship it has so far received.
But I have been wondering, what should be the appropriate Christian reaction to all of this: the joke, the criticisms, the defense etc?
Well for one, the hypocrisy is too palpable to ignore; but then there is that part that should concern me more than anything else – the mockery that rape makes of the wonderful gift of sex which God gave to humanity to enjoy within the sacred confines of holy matrimony.
Rape, as painful as it is to the victims,is the sad and inevitable consequence of a world drowning in its trivialization of sex.
Sex is neither a weapon nor a bargaining tool, it is not a reward for good behavior or something to be with held because one’s partner has acted unsatisfactorily. It is the sacred duty of a man to his wife and of a woman to her own husband. When a society starts to discuss whether or not rape should be the content of a joke, then it is too late! Sex has been desacralized, and that cheap imitation which we have, in place of God’s wonderful gift, is simply conquering its latest frontier.
Without a doubt Basketmouth’s joke was tasteless and should be repudiated, but our problems, especially concerning sex, are much bigger than this silly jesting.