Until this week, I had never used the tag “sex” for a post in the several years that I have been (sporadically) blogging.
Why do I feel compelled to dig into such a touchy, controversial subject right now?
Why talk about this issue when the things I have to say are less popular than they have ever been?
You see, I’ve been walking through this book of the Bible, 1 Thessalonians, and there, in the text, I see some very clear, authoritative teaching about sex from one of the Apostles.
So, who made this up?
In fact, the next couple of verses in chapter 4 give us a pretty straight warning about ignoring or discounting these things:
“For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who give his Holy Spirit to you” (1 Thess 4.7-8).
Paul was writing as he was moved by the Holy Spirit to write (See 2 Pet 1.19-21). He was reminding the believers at Thessalonica (and us by extension) that these practices regarding our sexuality are not from him or any other man. They come from the very God who has called his people to live in a holy and godly way, not a life of impurity.
But he warns us that if we disregard these teachings we are disregarding God and His instruction, not just a man. That’s pretty heavy stuff there.
So… why am I talking and writing about such awkward things? I’m doing so because God put it there and I have a responsibility to tell His truth to anyone who will hear or read.
God came up with sex. It was His idea. He made it work. He created our bodies to do what they do and to feel what they feel. God is, by any measure at all, a brilliant Creator. And, when it comes right down to it, the only reason we don’t want to listen to Him about this subject is that we don’t like restrictions. We don’t like being told we have to do something a certain way.
It’s kind of ironic that we find ourselves in a society that demands warning labels on some of the most obvious, ridiculously simple stuff that can only hurt someone if they are trying to hurt themselves, and yet that same society absolutely despises and rejects any warning about the complicated physical, emotional, and, yes, spiritual damage that can come from even well-meaning misuse of such a powerful gift.
Why would we think that way? The only reason I can see is that we just don’t want anyone to tell us what is best for us… not even God.
But, if we would humble ourselves enough to listen and heed His advice… it could save us from so very much hurt and heartache and sorrow.
Who came up with all of this sex talk?
God did. It was all His idea.
Perhaps we should listen.
Father, help us to get past our pride enough to really listen to Your plans for our sexuality. Give us the courage to trust you even in this part of our lives.