The deterioration of language is never more evident than when considering the distortion of the word “love.” The true meaning of love is to want the best for others in this life (and in the next, for us believers) even if it requires having to make sacrifices.
With this understanding, we can easily see how “love child”, a new television series “Love Prison”, and even the originally elevated “making love” can be serious misuses of this beautiful word.
1) “Love child”: A clever euphemism if there ever was one. It’s ironic that this refers only to children from out-of-wedlock relationships and not from those within good marriages. In fact, “love child” should only refer to the children of loving married couples who work at their relationships by their daily commitment “until death do they part.” Anything else produces a “sex child.”
Granted, the ability of the word “bastard” to encourage couples to act virtuously is long since gone. The appropriate fear of scandal encouraged previous generations to be masters of their desires, instead of being enslaved by them. The inventions of The Pill, moral relativism and Obamacare’s disregard for the dignity of human life have successfully convinced many that this form of slavery is a fun and good thing. Unfortunately, believing in error doesn’t protect anyone from the natural consequences of violating timeless moral law.
2) “Love Prison”: An oxymoron for the ages. Love is not imprisoning, it is the direct opposite. Love frees one to live outside of a juvenile tendency to be selfish. “Sex Prison” fits here.
3) “Making love” was so appropriate when applied to married couples who cared for each other deeply. Now, it is often used for sex outside of the married relationship it was intended for.
It’s ridiculous trying to make adultery or fornication appear OK. But even if a couple doesn’t believe in God or the Ten Commandments, if they want to “do it” outside of a genuine life-long commitment, then it’s still just “making sex.”
If we begin to remember what love really is, then we will have a chance at resolving a lot of society’s problems.