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Monday, November 17, 2008

Church Challenges Seven Days of Sex

This probably wouldn't have been appropriate 50 years ago, and it may not be appropriate for some folks now, but given where our culture has gone...

Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church in Dallas is challenging his married congregants to commit to seven days of sex.

God created men for women and women for men, and created sex between them as a way to perpetuate humanity and also as a way to bring a husband and wife together in the fullest of intimacy. When expressed in love within marriage, I don't think there is anything more beautiful than sex.

If you've ever read the Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon as it is also known), then you know the picture of beauty and wonder and excitement and passion and love that God designed marital sex to be.

The Apostle Paul even commends married couples not to neglect their intimate time together.

The marital relationship is also a reflection of the loving relationship between Christ and his Church. This is another reasons Christians should oppose any improper expression of sexuality--because it distorts the perception of their Savior and the Church they belong to.

The only caution I would have would be the potential pitfall of trivializing sex--even legitimate sex.

Ideally, sex is something deeply personal and intimate. It is not proper fare for public discussion which tends to cheapen it.

But the cat got out of the bag back in the 1960s, and there's not going to be any putting it back any time soon.

Like any gift God has given us, humans somehow manage to find a way to minimize and pervert everything. There is of course sex outside of marriage, adultery, homosexuality, and a number of other illegitimate misuses of sex--all of which bring not only spiritual separation from God but usually painful consequences to our lives.

But so far I haven't seen anything that would lead me to believe the message is off track here.

Our culture has for the past 40 years or so taken God's gift of sexuality and dragged it through the gutter and the mud. It has come to the point where for most people it means little more than a quick ride on a roller-coaster.

But if it's going to be public, perhaps it should be publicly pointed toward it's proper place and context.

If Pastor Young can point the culture back toward God's wonderful design for sex, more power to him.


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