I am sick of hearing political announcements with each candidate accusing the other of everything from theft and misappropriation to… well where can I go from there? That statement seems all-inclusive doesn’t it? I decided to repost this article which speaks of the other thing I am tired of hearing about, sexual impropriety.
I sincerely don’t want to offend anyone, I guess that comes from being raised in the home of a preacher where everything you say is monitored, but here goes.
I woke this morning to the news of another man being accused of sexual impropriety, and whether it’s true, or un-true, I am tired of hearing about sex on the morning, afternoon and evening news, tired of hearing about men making unwanted advances, wait until a few men start to come out and tell about the women who have propositioned them, let’s see how that goes. Giving it some thought it seems that a lot of our trouble comes from both men and women wanting to satisfy the sexual urge. Is the almighty orgasm wonderful enough to ruin so many lives? It has included everyone from politicians and preachers to actors and heads of studios, great media moguls. It’s not just the accused whose lives are ruined but they have families who have to hear it. Again, I am not saying that I’m taking up for anyone who has been accused nor saying that the #metoo movement doesn’t have merit I’m just saying I’m tired of hearing about it.
It didn’t start with us, if you read the Bible you see David having a man killed in order to have his wife, Samson lost his judgeship, his eyesight and the respect he had known as the strong man of God because he wanted satisfaction and trusted a woman who used his desire for her to get information out of him and then betrayed him. The list could go on and on but I think you get the point.
I’m going to let the Bible speak of it for me: 1 Corinthians 6:16-20 There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, “The two become one.” Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever—the kind of sex that can never “become one.” There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for “becoming one” with another. Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.
Over and out!
3 Replies to “Sex and Politics, let’s talk again!”
Amen! I wish the politicians would make a commercial telling what they intend to do and never mention their opponents in any way. If they never said anything bad about the other person, I’d be more willing to vote for them. What ever happened to common decency. And while I am on my soap box, I don’t care about hearing about who got caught in a sexual thing. They just keep on and on talking about it on the news. Give it a quick mention and move on to something else!
I hate to say it, but I think we should talk about it.
There is more being left unsaid, unexplored, and uncared for than what is being said and done.
Sexual sin is as mysterious as godly sex. I have some working theory about it which may be barking up the wrong tree, but seems to have biblical merit yet know one talks about.
I think the “urge” (whether sinful or sanctioned) is related to “being like God”. And that is mysterious and powerful.
Not all societies (and ours has changed over time somewhat too) are so sex-saturated. Some at least work at controlling the torrent of sex passions, others seem to throw in the towel and just run wild with it. The early Christians were known, in part, for their prudence. However, after having gone through a divorce (while living in the Bible belt no less) I have seen the dark underbelly of church life they don’t put in the brochures. A lot of our churches are quasi-brothels masquerading – and barely that – as places where we care what God thinks.
I really don’t overstate it. It is bad – even in the church today.
But back to the “being like God” thing…
We have sexual energy coursing through us – at least most healthy, mature bodies do. And sex is far bigger than we are. Its akin to breathing and eating in some important respects. You can and should give it thought, care, and even discipline, but it’s not going away. You don’t just turn it off somehow (not most of us).
In ancient times and/or primitive societies/agricultural societies and so forth, you see sex managed by the whole village, not just the individual. A team effort is made to manage it, and the team is trained to be on the same page with it, mostly. Oh, sure, individuals can and do stray from the program, but they buck trends and face social sanctions and shame for it at every turn – sometimes even a death penalty. In such societies we might find strict gender roles with the accompanying expectations. Boys go to one school, girls another. Strict lines of delineation built into the fabric of social relations. Not to mention, the smaller the community, the less anonymity. Also there is no such thing as “privacy”.
Privacy is an important idea. The ancients did not enjoy privacy. Only the very rich and powerful had a taste of it. The rest lived almost every moment of their lives in the presence of others, likeminded, holding each other to account.
So there is a good chance I would grow up in a village instead of a great city. I would likely know the girl I would marry one day – even if I didn’t know which one it would be yet. Then a day would come when my parents would arrange my marriage and a celebration would be thrown. The woman’s virginity – especially – would be a prized part of the arrangement (women would frequently die in childbirth, and a man might go through this process several times). The honeymoon might be the only privacy this couple ever gets, but depending on the culture even that would be relative by todays standards. A special room where all the families are gathered around, but just outside while the happy couple constipates things… What a party! But when the honeymoon is done, you move in with either his or her parents where everyone sleeps in the same room. Your sex life does not consist of ideas you saw in a porn video or read about in a ladies magazine. Not that these things were unheard of… If you go into the city, they have temples everywhere for pagan gods of various varieties, and in them, the priestesses and prostitutes had books and ideas to blow your mind. But most good country kids never went in, and saw it, first hand. And anyway, as the babies come, they sleep in the same room with mom n dad too, and sex in this more wholesome environment amounts to mysterious gruntings under the blanket in the same room with everyone else sleeping there for the night.
I am not painting a perfect picture of the godly life. And there are plenty of exceptions in history to every element I paint here, but the general idea there is so foreign to most of us today, and we cannot imagine how that would be a life worth living.
But lets get back to being like God, like I have said a couple times now…
In the beginning God creates the whole world and all the mysterious things in it. He sets it all in motion, and there is a sexual rhyme n reason to it all actually. For every heavens, there is an earth. For every day, there is a night. For every water, there is a dry land. These parts of creation each have counter parts that work in tandem. The counterparts begin their dance.
But on the sixth day, God saves his best creation for last. He creates a special kind of mirror, an image bearer! In modern, comedy, movie terms, he creates MINI ME. I don’t mean to make light of it, but this creature is supposed to be JUST LIKE HIM, even a full partner in ruling everything, but a junior partner, for sure. And the text actually claims right in the print that when God created this creature in his own image, he made them male and female.
Wanna see God??? Look at the man connect his connector to the woman!
This is God – full frontal.
But remember, no one sees God and lives!
Okay, we will get to that another time, but my point is this stuff is HOLY. Very HOLY and very mysterious and very powerful. And it comes with this energy, this divine energy. You termed it an urge. An urge to be like God!
And this is truly mysterious at deep levels we don’t even know. Just think of it. God make Adam and Eve to BE LIKE GOD. And yet what is the serpent’s temptation?
“If you eat of this fruit, you will not surely die, but your eyes will be opened, and you will…. drum roll please… BE LIKE GOD!”
Yes, I am leaving stuff out here, but its so I can zero in on the sex stuff….
And it is very mysterious how the serpent can tempt this couple with something they already have. The don’t have the knowledge of Good n Evil, but they already are LIKE God. And that is a sexual thing.
Its my theory that sexual sin has a lot to do with fear and power and control. And we think if we can just fulfill the urges in this way or that then we will be like God and rule the world.
Look, its not that it makes sense in a straightforward way, but then most of sex is not terribly thought out – except in a lab.
Just imagine if you could really have true godly sex! What would that be???
Well, the Bible tells us that just the mere image of God moves mountains! Wanna throw a mountain into the see? You need to have faith! Trust! And you need to bear God’s image! Cuz mountains don’t jump in the sea for just any creature. They jump when the see God tell them to. And that has to do with bearing the image, and that has to do with sex.
So… again… wouldn’t you want to have mountain moving sex? Ever tried it?
Well, you cant have that without TRUST, a thorough going godly trust. Fidelity. Faith. A sexlife that expresses God to the world.
Somehow I think even the ancients were missing this. Gruntings under the blanket have some parts of this down, but not others.
There is something very innocent, very pure, about your parents arranging your marriage. Your sex life becomes a GIFT from God through them.
Our society knows NOTHING of this. We use sex as a weapon. We use each others sex as a commodity, something to take, to buy, to steal.
We dress this notion up in talk about “consenting adults” and victimless crimes, but Adam and Eve were no consenting, they had no knowledge of Good n Evil, they had TRUST and a GIFT, and I expect I know something of how they cultivated crops in their garden without sweat of the brow, without fear and worry. And the moment they stopped bearing Gods image, the whole creation suffered for it. This was no victimless crime.
We perpetuate their sin everyday in every way.
And I think we could and should talk more about it. Explore it further. Seek a true mountain moving experience they don’t even write about in Cosmo or depict in Stormy Daniels videos. They cant even imagine the good stuff.
Sadly, they are missing out, but getting all the hype.
Someone should tell them.
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Excellent discourse on the subject ! My uncle wrote a book called “Sex is God’s Idea” and I agree with you on that part of it. I’m talking about all the talk from certain movements accusing or gaining 15 minutes of fame in talking about … get my gist without me having to spell it out please. Something funny I thought of when reading your thoughts, when my uncle married his wife and took her to his father’s home (yes it was an arranged marriage by his Armenian parents with the parents of the girl) they were consummating their marriage when they heard a noise and looked up to see my grandmother standing there watching. She encouraged them to continue saying she just wanted to watch them enjoy … that’s when they put locks on the door 🙂 He was the oldest of 5 boys and 1 daughter and was the last of the arranged marriages, the rest of them refused their attempts.
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