Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. - Philippians 3:17-19
Paul was writing about the false apostles who were perverting the Gospel of Jesus Christ and wreaking havoc within churches throughout the Roman world. But he might just as well have been writing about those who promoted and those who have taken up the sexual revolution which has turned morality on its head over the past generation in America.
We have become so used to all things sexual in our society that even believers are losing their sensitivity in this area. In ministries where I have worked over the past several years, staff members had to be sent home because of inappropriate apparel. Two staff members – ministers – fell into sexual immorality and lost their vocations. Ministers with whom I have served have had to deal with many of the casualties resulting from the “liberation” of America’s libido for easier access to all things sexual: families destroyed by divorce, women overwhelmed with guilt because of abortion, men addicted to pornography, young people having to get married because of pre-marital sex, and more.
Is the sexual revolution here to stay? Do we simply have to learn to live with the collateral damage which the carpet-bombing of pornography and sexual liberationist teaching is strewing about the land?
Well this much is certain: Until people are shown some better alternative to the way Americans are presently engaging their sexual lives, the present situation will only continue to worsen.
Sex is a gift from God; He intends it for our good and His glory. But it’s hard to see how that can be so when, everywhere you turn, sex has become a form of idolatry leaving destruction, shame, and mere earthiness as its “blessings” to the nation.
But Christians have a better way of understanding sex – if only we understood it ourselves! The Word of God can help us here, and, if we’re willing to hear it, we might just be able to heal some of the sexual brokenness which is everywhere in evidence, and lead people back to a restored appreciation of the gift and joy of sex as God intends it.
Resources for this topic:
Order the book, Real Marriage: The Truth about Sex, Friendship, & Life Together, by Mark Driscoll.
Here are some resources to help you understand the Biblical teaching about sex:
J. Budziszewski “The Seeker”
Charles Colson, “But Everybody’s Doing It”
Charles Colson, “Sex and Character: Teaching Teens the Real Purpose of Sex”
Chuck Edwards, “Kinsey, Sex, and Lies”
Mark Kaufman, “What is Sex Anyway?”
Anne Morse, “The Best Sex”
Jennifer Roback Morse, “The Hook Up Culture: When Sex Becomes Sport”
Here are some activities to help get you involved in restoring a Biblical view of sex:
- Talk with some of the young people in your church. Where do they learn their understanding of sex? Are their ideas consistent with a Biblical view of sex? Do they seem to understand that the Bible teaches a wholesome, edifying, fully satisfying, and God-honoring approach to sex?
- Is your church involved in helping to repair the damage the sexual revolution has created? Ask some of your church leaders. See what you can do to help your church become more involved in this important work of restoring a Biblical approach to sex.
- Email today’s Talking Points column to several Christian friends. Challenge them to read some of the resources, watch the Two-Minute Warning, and take on one of the activities.
A conversation starter
Here’s a conversation starter that can help you to become active on behalf of a Biblical view of sex. Try it with a few of your Christian friends: “It seems to me that if the Bible is able to equip us for every good work, then it ought to be able to teach us how to get the most out of sex. What do you think?”