Thursday, January 08, 2009

Sex and the Bible

One of the greatest tragedies for the Christian church is our total abdication on sex education. It is truly sad because there is so much potential to be gained from members having a healthy sex life. I firmly believe because the church has recently been so committed to “abstinence only” education and presenting sex as a bad thing, that we have seen so many scandals in both Catholic and protestant churches related to sexual misconduct on the part of members and leaders.

God created us to be sexual beings for a purpose. When we create an impossibly high standard for sexual conduct, the reflex is to act in the extreme against it.

I commented to a friend the other day that if I were to win the lottery (of course, I’d have to play the lottery to win it), I would write more on my blog, do religious studies and writing, and write stories.

And then for shock, (he’s studying to be a minister), I added, “and porn. I’d write porn.”

Not to be outdone, he Googled, “Christian Porn.”

He found: http://www.sexinchrist.com .

I’ve always heard you can prove anything you want with the Bible. The site definitely tests that hypothesis.

The site somewhat confuses me. I question the sincerity with which much of the text is written. Surely the author is kidding when he includes such section headings as “The Trouble With Stubble,” “The Fist of Might,” and “Drink of the Living Water.” Too many passages lack the tongue-in-cheek excursus, however, and appear to be a genuine belief in the interpretations presented.

I have spent three days gripping my sides as I have laughed about the articles, but I have not been able to come close to writing anything as humorous as the genuine articles. Instead, I have truly come to mourn our Christian negligence in addressing sex in a straightforward, honest way.

I am not, at this time anyway, the scholar to tackle the issue, but I would call on all faithful to ask tough questions of the clergy. They know it is an issue for society, but rarely progress beyond the “thou shalt nots” to the “thou mays.” I look forward to my first sermon telling me what I should be doing in the bedroom.

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