Shag. Home run. Hump. Get some. Root (Australian phrase). Giggity-Giggity! Sex! Smash! Yes, you read it correctly – The most worst kept secret word in American language. We hide from it but it is very profitable. Followers of Christ really struggle with this subject. I question why. It is different from breathing but it is a fact of life. God created it right?
So we should be able to discuss it freely. I say this because too often, there is a thought of “the appropriate time” to bring up money, race, sex, religion, politics, global warming, etc. They are touchy subjects. But somehow, the Braves and the Cowboys are always on the table for discussion. (Both teams last won a world title in 1995, my God!)
Yet, believers in Christ, stumble when it comes to sex. Before I tell on anybody else, I have to tell on myself first. I am the same guy that took the purity pledge in high school, with little idea on how to build this tower before little things, like, you know, the internet and social media (and Craigslist) would come about. (Luke 14:26-30)
On my social media feed, I see pictures of fitness models on the beach, pole dancers for beginners, and bottoms in places where head and shoulders would normally be. Sexuality is being embraced.
But it is hard for us to just pluck out our eye or restrict our intake on this. Why? Because we have had very little teaching on sex and sexuality. All we get is, wait until you are married and sex is for procreation, not recreation.
This is how, I believe, we get hooked on pornography or have multiple partners without even realizing we do these things. Because we are rarely told to love ourselves. How can we love our neighbors as ourselves if we have a hard time loving ourselves? Women have qualities and physical features that we should be taught to embrace and respect. The same should be taught of men as well.
Imagine being taught Abraham saw Sarah as a foxy woman or that King David was handsome as all get out but trusted God and got validation from Him. Or if parents told their kids about 1 Corinthians 7: 5 and displayed public affection. I think we would have more self worth about ourselves even if we find ourselves alone between the sheets.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain undeniable rights. That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is included in The Declaration of Independence (US 1776.)”
The truth is the world got it wrong. Something that God quickly began to teach me as I attempted to watch the well-known movie The Pursuit of Happiness. As we embark on what is easily the most hostile election year to date, it is evident we need to pursue what Jesus instructed from the first day of his ministry. We need to pursue the Kingdom of God.
As Christians, too often we associate ourselves and our circumstances with the pursuit of things that make us happy or feel good. This takes us away from the purpose of God in our lives. Happiness by definition comes from the root word, hap – which means luck, chance, or fortune. This sets the way to create an idol in our lives, one that causes us to focus on the pleasures of life and the circumstances that surround them. Take note this is something God clearly speaks about in Isaiah 65:8-12. This is even true when it comes to the election and voting for a person who makes you feel good, or even secure and happy, not necessarily what lines up with the will of God.
Does that mean that God’s will is for us to never be happy? By no means. Quite the opposite in fact. God wants us to be happy. Jesus preaches it very much so in Matt 5:3-12 commonly known as the beatitudes. Take note, however, this sermon is preached as characteristics for those who have entered into the Kingdom of God (Matthew 4:17). ‘Blessed’ in Greek means happy and in Aramaic means prosperous. What does that mean for us? It means that in order to be really happy (blessed), we need to pursue God and His Kingdom. Deeper than that, seeking God, staying in His will, produces joy, and that is something that is not dependent on circumstances, it is indwelling and solely dependent upon God.