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Today's letter for the A to Z Challenge is "S." And on Mondays I write about marriage. So what better topic for today than sex?
(By the way, no worries about graphic content here... my mother reads my blog!)
I believe that our society has a perverted view of sex. This should be a fairly obvious fact. Sex outside of marriage is so normal it's practically encouraged, homosexuality is legal in several states, pornography is way too easily available, and adultery within marriage is so common that it's joked about on television shows and in movies. Half of all marriages nowadays end in divorce.
Obviously, our culture is doing something very, very wrong when it comes to sex.
For the Bible-believing Christian, the reason for this is quite obvious as well. As a society in general, we don't do sex God's way anymore. Celibacy outside of marriage is no longer encouraged as it used to be. Faithfulness within marriage isn't stressed as essential. Sexual promiscuity doesn't garner the disapproval it once did. And as a result of Hollywood and the media as a whole, poor examples of what sex should be are displayed on our TV and computer screens every day.
I'm here to tell you that sex God's way is fantastic. No, you don't need the details. But sex, reserved for marriage and kept sacred within marriage, is incredibly fulfilling. It contributes to the unity of husband and wife in a beautiful way. It is the means by which God has provided for the procreation of children. It is a source of great delight for husband and wife. Sex within the bonds of marriage is a beautiful, blessed thing.
Satan does everything he can to make us forget that. He has used the media to great effect to convey the idea that sex should be whatever we want it to be--that it's all about making ourselves feel good, so we can do whatever we want to gain our own pleasure. He has twisted the Biblical design for sexuality to make it into something it was never intended to be.
When God created humanity, he made one man and one woman and gave them to each other with the command to "be fruitful and multiply." Sex is reserved for marriage, and within marriage it is to be limited to the husband and the wife.
Sex is not dirty or gross. We don't need to talk about it clandestinely. It shouldn't be cause for blushing and giggles when it comes up in conversation. Parents, please talk openly with your children about sex. Don't give them details they don't need, of course, but make sure they aren't afraid to ask you about it. Instill in them the understanding that sex, when used as God intended, is a beautiful gift to be cherished.
Also, I think that as the Church as a whole, we need to stop treating sex outside of marriage as if it's the unforgivable sin. It's not. It's a serious sin, to be sure, and it can come with all sorts of major consequences--sexually transmitted diseases, spiritual brokenness, damaged relationships, and disruption of lives. But just like any other sin, where there is repentance, there is always forgiveness. Each of us succumbs to temptation of one kind or another. Sexual temptation is no different. But we can't treat sexual sins as if they're "no big deal," either. They are a big deal. They are in direct contradiction to God's laws. But God is always willing to forgive the repentant believer, and he is amazing at giving second (and third, and fourth...) chances.
So let's celebrate God's gift of sex! But let's keep it within marriage.
Let's tell our children how great sex is within marriage... and let's help lead them to repentance, and then forgive them, if and when they step outside God's bounds for marriage.