Syphilis Makes A Comeback

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY AUGUST 29, 2017

         WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE GREATEST THREAT TO AMERICA THESE DAYS? ISIS? THE NATIONAL DEBT? THE OPIOD CRISIS? HOW ABOUT SYPHILIS?

         SYPHILIS, THE DREADED VENEREAL DISEASE WE HAVEN’T HEARD MUCH ABOUT SINCE THE AIDS CRISIS, IS MAKING A COMEBACK AFTER NEARLY TWO DECADES. MOST PEOPLE HAD THOUGHT IT HAD GONE THE WAY OF POLIO AND TUBERCULOSIS.

         IN CONSERVATIVE OKLAHOMA, SYPHYLIS IS RAMPANT. IT’S ALSO SHOWING UP IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. IT OFTEN LEADS TO BLINDNESS, PARALYSIS, DEMENTIA AND EVEN DEATH.

         WHATEVER THE MEDICAL REASONS, SYPHILIS IS A BEHAVIOR-ORIENTED DISEASE. IT IS PREVENTABLE, BUT NOT COMPLETELY CURABLE. YOU GET IT FROM ENGAGING IN SEX WITH PEOPLE WHO CARRY THE DISEASE. AND THE DISEASE SPREADS WHEN THIS BECOMES A PATTERN.         THIS IS WHY SCRIPTURE WARMS US TO “FLEE FORNICATION” AND PAUL WRITES ABOUT THIS SIN – UNLIKE OTHERS – IS A SIN AGAINST OUR OWN BODIES.

         GOD BUILT A HEDGE FOR US SO THAT WE DON’T HAVE TO EXPERIENCE SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES. WHEN WE GO OUTSIDE THAT HEDGE, THERE IS GRAVE DANGER. GIVEN HOW CULTURE MOCKS GOD, THE RETURN OF SYPHILIS SHOULD NOT BE A SURPRISE. I’M CAL THOMAS.