I’m sure by now (if you’ve been even remotely following this page) that you know I have writings for days (LOL), but after reading an article last night, I decided to take a bit of time off from the blog devotionals and see if anyone had questions about sex/love/lust/relationships/covenant out there. This is the reason why:
Yesterday, I read an article on Salon.com entitled, “What Is Sex?” It was about what ADULTS actually consider sex to be/not be and what I discovered made me feel a bit like when I am mentoring in high schools and juniors don’t know what the word “exceptional” means. Like how could you NOT consider some of these acts to be sex? I’ll copy and paste an excerpt below so that you can get an idea of what I mean:
“The study, published in the February issue of the journal Sexual Health, randomly surveyed 486 adults, most of them heterosexual, between the ages of 18 and 96. They were asked the following question: ‘Would you say you ‘had sex’ with someone if the most intimate behavior you engaged in was [blank],’ and then followed more than a dozen ‘behavior specific items.’ A press release reports that ‘two out of ten people did not concur that penile-anal intercourse was sex, and three out of ten said ‘no’ to oral-genital activity, as did half of the respondents about manual-genital contact.’ And, while 95 percent classified penile-vaginal penetration as sex (one has to wonder what does count for the remaining 5 percent), that number dropped to 89 percent in cases where the man doesn’t ejaculate.”
Are you serious? I mean, they must be because it’s in a fairly reputable national magazine. But I must admit that as I continued reading all that came to mind (other than “That’s crazy…so when people contract an STD from this “non-sex sex”, I wonder what the “S” stands for-LOL) was the following two scriptures:
“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.”—I Corinthians 6:16-20 (Message)
And, especially, Hosea 4:6 (NKJV):
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
And so, over the next few days, I’m curious to know if you have any serious questions, comments or concerns that we can biblically explore together in a way that will provide you with some greater clarity when it comes to this AWESOME gift known as sex and the CRAZY way(s) the Enemy (John 10:10) tries to attack it.
Looking forward to hearing from y’all.
Remember, knowledge—even and especially when it comes to sex—IS POWER…and POWERFUL!