Monday, November 3, 2014

A Sex Talk in Church

I talked about sex in church yesterday. I felt great about the sermon until an eight-year old boy walked in. He had dismissed himself from the children's class and plopped next to his father. The whole church tightened up when he entered the auditorium. I stuttered for a minute, finding user-friendly synonyms for words like "harlot" and "prostitute." The phrase "hanky panky" came in handy for the last ten minutes.

Proverbs 5:1-23 was our primary text. Solomon discussed sex with his son often in Proverbs (2:16; 6:12ff; 7:1-27). Considering he had 300 wives and 700 concubines, it's no surprise the topic was on his mind. His advice on sex falls in two categories. Negatively, he prohibits casual sex. Positively, he promotes covenant sex.

This teaching remains consistent throughout the Bible. Sex is not a bad word. In the right context it is a great word and a great thing. The right context is NOT the college dorm room, your parent's basement, Internet chatrooms, pornography, hotels rooms with prostitutes, or your neighbor's bedroom. Casual sex, Solomon warns (and modern authors like Laura Sessions Stepp), ruins you with regret and a sense of isolation. Don't be seduced by casual sex!

According to Scripture, the right context is wherever you and YOUR SPOUSE agree to enjoy a shameless act of intimacy. Well, perhaps wherever is a little too broad. Stay out of my house. My wife and I have claimed it!

(NOTE: I tried to embed the Prezi, but the code didn't work. Here's a link.)

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