Chances are, like most of us, you grew up thinking the Christian worldview of sex was more of a laundry list or a rulebook. But actually, God is a creative and profound Author, telling a compelling story through His design and purpose for sex. Sex is pleasurable (the world has that part right), it’s procreative with power to create new life in the form children but also in the new “one flesh” identity of a husband and wife, it’s protective adding to the health and vitality of a marriage, and most importantly and most excitingly sex is proclamatory—sex tells a story.
Society says that sex is a transactional act producing momentary gratification. YHWH’s message to us is that sex is a covenantal identity out of which flows love, trust, joy, and faithfulness. How you steward your sexuality bears living, breathing testimony to the most compelling story ever written. If you are married, your sexual intimacy and spousal love the sex act strengthens, is a reflection of the final union that is our hope. One day we will be perfectly like Christ and perfectly one with Him. Similarly, as a faithful single pursuing Christ and abstaining from sexual activity, you are proclaiming the active hope we have in these days as the Church waits in expectant preparation for His return—a time Scripture describes as a wedding feast and consummation of the ages.
From Genesis to Revelation, God is unveiling His ultimate plot to redeem mankind, and you, as a male or female sexual being created in God’s image… you, son or daughter of the King, are one of the central players in this divine narrative. You may find that character development is more commonly referred to in Scripture as sanctification, which, in short, is the work of God within us to purify and transform us into a radiant and spotless bride. He has chosen you for your role, and He will make you fit for it. Purity is His work; surrender is ours. Purity is not an accomplishment; it is a lifelong pursuit of and relationship with the One who makes us pure.
Man of God, Woman of God, You are a part of a grand tale with great meaning, and never do you tell that story more courageously or more powerfully than when you simply hope in Him.
The Sexualized Culture
And everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself as He is pure.
1 John 3:3
Here’s the tricky part. You’ve probably noticed times are dark. We have a pesky antagonist, the prince of darkness and enemy of our souls, distorting the narrative, and twisting truths into lies at every turn. But, don’t fear! Spoiler alert, he has already been defeated. We have Hope remember? We know the end of this story from the beginning. So while the statistics report horror and heartache, while broken families and selfishness and exploitation increasingly become the norm, we know that Jesus is Light and can make us bright beacons in this dim cultural landscape. We’re all a mess, and we’ve all made a mess, but Christ is making all things new and in Him all things hold together, including us. The promise of a new heavens and a new earth where righteousness dwells is just on the horizon. Lift your head, and face the sunrise.