Sunday, December 11, 2005

Love & sex.

I was sitting in the café at Barnes & Noble when a sign above one of the racks of books caught my eye. Love & Sex, it proclaimed. More than a simple designation of the content of the books in its realm, the sign seemed to be trumpeting that these things are irrevocably linked. It is unthinkable to feel love for someone without having sex with them, or so they would have us believe. Yet feelings can be fleeting, and popular beliefs lead only to relationships founded on physical compatibility, not the enduring bedrock of true trust, commitment and intimacy.

God’s truth is much different than popular belief:

For this reason, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
Gen 2:24 (NASB)

God created sex, and intends for us to enjoy it – one needs only read the Song of Solomon to understand that – but He created it to be enjoyed within the bonds of matrimony, as part of a larger relationship of trust and intimacy.

The percentage of those who profess to be Christians who are having premarital sex are not that much different than those of mainstream America. Perhaps they rationalize it by telling themselves that they are getting married soon, and starting a few months early won’t hurt anyone. Or their feelings for one another are so strong that they simply cannot wait for the date the church happened to be available for a wedding. They cheat themselves out of the sweetest part of their relationship: mutual obedience to God.

Father, You know that we live in a world hostile to the holding of Your principles. We are bombarded daily with messages urging us to abandon Your Word as outdated, restrictive and “uncool”. Help me, Lord, to use your Word as a filter for what I hear and see, as my moral compass and as the standard to which I cling.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

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