WE CAN’T GO ON LIKE THIS! Part 4
I do not live in a religious vacuum. My friends and family hold beliefs ranging from atheists, evolutionists, agnostics, to Bible believing followers of Christ of various church backgrounds. I also do not surround myself with only people of similar values and status. My friends and family include those who identify themselves as homosexual, addicts of various vices, a wide range of economic status, and various other diversities. Those who know me best are fully aware of my imperfections. It is appreciated that my friends accept me as I am.
I am not free from the same temptations common of all men. Even as a Christian the pull toward sinful behavior is great at times. However, I do have the Holy Spirit in me to teach me how to resist properly. Considering the root problems in our country it seems proper to end this series with a conversation about sex and marriage from a biblical view.
To start with we are created as sexual beings. This did not come about from sin, it is how we were designed. Most animals only satisfy sexual desire for the purpose of procreation. Humans have a unique physical, emotional, and spiritual connection associated with the sex act. An entire book of the Bible (Song of Songs) is about the beauty of the sexual relationship between a husband and wife. The problem is as sinful individuals we have distorted God’s purpose and design for our bodies.
Genesis 2:23-25 teaches us that God instituted marriage between the first man and woman. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
This is the ideal model for marriage. One man, one woman, joined together in a covenant for life. We as a country have reduced the idea of marriage to a legal contract. It has been an easy drift for our culture to accept non-biblical forms of marriage once the general view changed from covenant to contract. Even the tax laws of our land make it more appealing to live in a manner not honoring to God’s design for marriage.
It is also clear within scripture that a man and woman are joined together as one flesh through the consummation of marriage. This is to happen after the two are married and not before. Every culture since the fall of man has perverted this order in various ways. Some cultures have accepted the sinful behavior of polygamy and that is never viewed in a positive light in scripture. Many societies have embraced prostitution. Throughout the history of mankind sex has been used in commerce. Temple prostitutes in idol worship, concubines for social status, and sex slaves for greedy immoral individuals are all included in the sinful use of human sexuality. There are other perversions that could be included. Within our culture prostitution is readily accepted in the form of pornography. This also promotes the illegal trafficking of women and children.The issue with viewing porn is it is a form of adultery. In Matthew 5:28 Jesus tells us But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Introducing pornography into the marriage bed is this is the equivalent of inviting additional partners into the most intimate area of a couples lives.
With the cultural fascination of sexual references we have become for the most part blinded to God’s design for intimacy. To accept the reality of a creator God, become a follower of Christ and serve him fully would include honoring God with our bodies. This includes the sin of gluttony but that is a different discussion. As a nation we do not place our trust in God as is evidenced by the actions of those both in and out of the church body. To embrace the truth of God’s word will challenge our very desire to embrace the world and what it offers. It is not possible by human strength to overcome worldly temptation and can only be accomplished with the Lords help. As a church body it is proper to accept sinful people into our congregations, but it is wrong to embrace their sin.
Think about these words from 1 John 2:15-17 (NIV); Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
The entirety of scripture points to a creator God and the redeemer savior Jesus Christ. As a nation we have embraced teaching against God’s word and no longer view scripture as authority. How long can we expect God to be patient with us? We can’t go on like this!
Rev. Burt Schwab