Isn’t that strange that sex can be so many things to so many people? And so what can I say overthree Sundays that will address everyone where they are at? That’s what I’ve been asking Godthis past week.And to make things worse, I read an article in
that makes me wonder if people evenwant to hear what I have to say. The article was written by Stephen Prothero
who is a professorof religion at Boston University. He talked about his
Introduction to Religion
class where heasks his students to get into groups and create their own religion. This is what he says about thereligions that they come up with…
What strikes me most about my students' religions,… is how similar they are. Almost invariably, they mix fun with faith. (Facebookismianity anyone?) But they do not mix faith with dogma. My students are careful — exceedingly careful — not to tell oneanother what to believe, or even what to do. …They made few demands, either intellectually or morally…In the religions of their imagining, … They want to experience joy because of their bodies, not despite them. And they don't want to be told what to dowith those bodies, or with whom.
USA Today, February 4, 2008,
Is Religion Losing theMillennial Generation?
If that describes the kind of religion you are interested in you might be in the wrong place thismorning because we are going to look at what the Bible has to say about sex and the Bibledoesn’t hesitate to tell us what to do with our bodies and with whom. But I hope you’ll hear meout because I think it’s important to hear the other side of the story.What I mean by that is that every day through television and music and movies we are preachedto about the virtues of casual sex. We can all preach that gospel. Whether we agree with it or notwe know what it is simply because we hear it so often. But how often do you hear what the Biblehas to say about sex? How many of us would say we have a clear understanding of what theBible says about sex and why?If I was a young person who was serious about following Jesus I'd be asking the question;
How come no one is talking about sex? How come no one wants to give me biblicaldirection about sex? There are a lot of voices out there telling me that the smart thing todo is to just indulge myself. There are even Christians telling me that it’s not a big deal.“It’s natural.” “It’s love.” But the church seems to be silent. Why is that? Are theyembarrassed? Are they unsure? If there is a biblical alternative to what the world has tooffer then I want to hear it.
And so, if you are that person with those questions, then I’ve got a few things to share with youthis morning. I want to invite you to join me on a journey through the New Testament to see if we can get an understanding of God’s view of sex…specifically God’s view of sex
of marriage. To hear what I had to say about God’s view of sex
of marriage checkout mysermons on our website, “
Let’s Get Personal…about sex
” (part one) and “
Developing a Heart for God”