04 November 2010

Jesus and Sex and Justice - Part 4

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Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the degrading of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.  Romans 1:24–25

The sexual revolution endeavoured to separate what God has joined in His reality. Husbands no longer need wives. Wives no longer needed husbands. Children no longer needed fathers. Life no longer needed intimacy. In other words, sex was separated from reproduction. Sex is now seen by our culture as a recreational exercise. “It’s just sex. No big deal.”


Try as society might, there is one fundamental truth that stubbornly remains, sex makes babies. No matter how far technology advances or how much people wish it not to be so, sex makes babies. Babies are quite the inconvenience to people wishing to engage in the pleasures of seduction, prostitution and sensual licence. So, this inconvenience to a culture longing to be sexually free must be confronted.

Unborn children, just like any group of people culture resents, had their endowed right to life taken from them the way anyone has their endowed human rights taken away, by taking away their humanity. Babies in mother’s womb were exclusively referred to as foetuses. Once society came to accept the notion that unborn children were not really human, then these ‘clump of cells’ could be dealt with in any way that would liberate women oppressed by an unwanted role of motherhood as they were now free to engage in recreational sexual activity.

Through second-wave feminists and their male counterparts who long for orgasm without the responsibility of fatherhood, abortion has been accepted by Western culture as a legitimate form of contraception. Despite numerous safe sex campaigns designed to show us how to have sex without babies, abortion has become an unspoken, underlying factor within culture. Today, over 90000 abortions are executed every year in Australia. (There are approximately 3.9 million Australian women aged from 14-40.)

If the culture’s reasoning is accepted that the unborn are not human, then this should not cause any great concern at all. But, if there is a belief that the unborn are human and that all human life is a precious gift of God, then the millions of abortions performed worldwide should send shockwaves through our collective conscience. Again, are those Christians teaching about biblical sexual ethics ignoring the higher matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness?

Of course, the unborn and the decisions of mothers and fathers on how to deal with this consequence of sex is not the only physically negative outcome that can occur from a sexual liberated lifestyle of prostitution, seduction and sensual licence. There is also disease. In 2008, Western Australia (population 2.1 million) had 14502 newly reported cases of STIs. And that was just in a year. Each year, more people are contracting Chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea and hepatitis B. After the height of the AIDS epidemic in 1985, cases of HIV were on the decrease, but it has been slowly on the increase the past few years. Men engaging in homosexual sex put themselves especially in harm’s way as HIV transmission occurs primarily through men having sex with other men. Around 65% of newly reported cases of HIV in 2009 were made by men who have sex with men. Again, are those Christians teaching about biblical sexual ethics ignoring the higher matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness?

Was Jesus much more concerned for matters of justice than for who our sexual partners are? It’s the wrong question with a faulty assumption. Truly, the higher matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness include matters of how we relate to one another as men and women. Maybe Jesus was right all along, “It is what comes out of a person that defiles. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.

5 comments:

  1. @Lance, hey how's it? Just a comment, see the heading ' go and disciple' and the subtitle? Maybe u wanna change the colour from white as it's hard to see. :D

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  2. I adjusted the heading. Eh... I might have to rework it some more as the background image is very busy.

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