Tuesday, February 8, 2011

what my body was meant to do

The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
1 Corinthians 6:13b

We live in an age of unbridled sensuality. At no time is this more apparent than on Super Bowl Sunday. The sports world can talk about the noble meeting of two hard working teams for a world championship, but for most everybody else, it is a reason to party. And for advertisers it is a chance to entice. In the first quarter of football play, the commercials played during breaks were the most expensive airtime of the year. Advertisers paid big bucks to get that message across, and five times in the first quarter I found myself given a message that focused on sexual imagery... sometimes for laughs, but always to entice. It is because the world really believes that the purpose of the body is to give in to every sensual lust.

I understand that any city that hosts the Superbowl also unwittingly hosts the largest movement of sex trafficking of the year. What is particularly appalling is the underage prostitution associated with the Superbowl ticket holders and partiers. Young women were forced into sexual slavery. Men and women filled their lusts in wanton immorality, not even thinking of any personal or spiritual cost... until the party was over. No consequence is ever considered in the heat of the moment. I shudder to think of the cumulative human tragedy from every first Sunday of February.

Christians must stand for the truth. Our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made. Sex as designed by our Creator is a great gift. The abuse of that design is a human tragedy as appalling as any holocaust. I see it all the time. It shows itself in a home where trust has been obliterated by one partner's sexual sin. I meet with people who are ruined by the results of thinking that sexual pursuits were the highest good in life, only to confess utter misery and loneliness as their constant companion. It is because God has not been honored. And the church ought to be the place where by God's grace, restoration can take place, and marital fidelity and sexuality can be celebrated for the powerful and beautiful creation that God made it to be.

- Prepare your minds for action.
1 Peter 1:13

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