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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Purity Struggles and God's Design

By Eva Rinaldi from Sydney Australia [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsIf you’re following Jesus, you base your sexual values firmly on the truth of God’s Word. Period.


So much heartache and drama comes from listening to messages floating around with friends and families. We also listen to the messages of Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt as they pull us into their dramas on and off the screen. And there’s Oprah. And our college profs. And don't forget about Dr. Phil!



Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership

Love: Who Will I Spend My Life With?

Purity Struggles and God's Design


By Evan Nehring


Gotta Know Who to Listen To

So, I haven’t yet talked about the sex thing. It’s not that there weren’t any purity struggles. There were. We’re all sexual beings. We have body parts that make it so. Pastors, priests, politicians and pancake makers all have a sexual side, even when we pretend otherwise.
 
That said, there’s a big difference between being sexual and being sexually dysfunctional. If you’re following Jesus, you base your sexual values firmly on the truth of God’s Word. Period.
 
So much heartache and drama comes from listening to messages floating around with friends and families. We also listen to the messages of Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt as they pull us into their dramas on and off the screen. And there’s Oprah. And our college profs. And don't forget about Dr. Phil!
 
By Eva Rinaldi from Sydney Australia [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
 
I enjoy all of their stories. I really do. I find so much great God stuff in them. But there’s plenty of not-God stuff in them too. We’ve got to be grounded in what God’s Word teaches about love, sex and relationships.
 

God’s Design

Sex is designed by God to be shared by a man and a woman in the beauty and constancy of the marriage relationship.

“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Mark 10:6-9, NIV)

This sacred ideal is being attacked on a thousand fronts. But if we peer back through time to the iconic moment of Jesus’ birth, it was Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus. It’s God’s formula for togetherness, love, family, survival and blessing. When our criteria for finding a heartthrob consists of “How tight are his abs?” and “How much sexual experience does she have?”, we’re headed for heartache.
 
There’s plenty of heartache and drama even when you try to go about it the right way. Forgetting godly love is a recipe for disaster.
 
The good news is that God meets us in our disasters. He doesn’t shy away from our drama and our messes. But the practical consequences of our sexual sin can last a lifetime. That’s true with our non-sexual sin too, but those choices don’t always include creating eternal human souls and risking lifelong disease and heartache. Sex is a big deal.
Ready for the Sack but Not for the Sacrifice
If I foster the idea of sex as the chief purpose and end of marriage, I’ll one-day enter marriage unprepared, and I’ll face certain disappointment. I may be ready for the sack, but am I ready for the sacrifice of married life?[1]

[1] Joshua Harris. I Kissed Dating Goodbye. 179


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