Our corrupt society has once again demonstrated its propensity to pervert all things good. Touching is now off limits if you intend to protect your integrity! There is no doubt that abuses take place more frequently than they should but is that a good reason to weaponize touching for political or malicious intent? The degree of affection allowed has now been limited to a measure of personal space, even separating friends and loved ones. It has long been recognized that physical contact is a necessary ingredient for a healthily, balanced character. If you find touching or being touched offensive then you have probably never embraced an old person or lonely person. You have probably not witnessed the love in a foster child's eyes when you treat them with a hug. One of the five senses we use to connect with each other is through touch. It is written into our DNA as a vital part of our awareness. Touching in the most innocent form is communication that says I love you, it's nice to see you, you are an important part of my life.
Because love is often times confirmed with physical contact and because people crave love and acceptance, touching is a valuable affirmation of one's feelings for another. Paul the Apostle was much loved by the church at Ephesus. When he departed the church for the final time the congregation, including both men and women hugged and kissed him openly as he left. “ And they began to weep openly and threw their arms around Paul’s neck, and repeatedly kissed him, grieving and distressed especially over the word which he had spoken, that they would not see him again.”(Acts 20:37-38) Followers of Jesus were continually reminded that physical contact was important to maintain a sense of purpose and well-being. “ Greet one another with a kiss of love. To all of you who are in Christ, may there be peace.” (1 Peter 5:14)
The fact that touching has been demonized in our lifetime should not be a surprise. Jesus was clear when speaking about the last days, He implied that love would be profoundly misunderstood. We have allowed Hollywood to define love for us as nothing more than physical. It's no wonder many young people are confused when they find out erotic love is fleeting. “ Many false prophets will come and cause many people to believe things that are wrong. There will be so much more evil in the world that the love of most believers will grow cold.” (Matt. 24:11-12) Destroy the social fabric of a nation and you destroy the trust of the people. Under these conditions, the best advice is to be sure the people you touch understand your intentions. For more about the last day’s deception read “Beam me up Commander” it's free.