Sex and Trees
In light of recent events, I’ve had a lot of people ask me if I am going to write something that specifically addresses the SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage. I think anything I write would just be “white noise” at this point, but I wanted to repost something from a few years ago that might give you a different perspective on Christian sexual ethics in general.
(However, if you would like a pretty good *quick reference with responses to a lot of the common arguments for SSM, this link is pretty good: http://www.compassdistributors.ca/topics/homoargs.htm)
Below is the original article:
Sexuality is one of the most difficult topics for Christians to dialogue with the rest of the world about. In fact, it might be one of the most difficult subjects to discuss within the Church.
Usually, the conversation is geared toward what is permissible. Generally, homosexuality, adultery and pornography are right out and on the obvious “bad list” for most of the evangelical world. Sadly, I am afraid I must use the word “most” in this case as there is certainly a movement of gay-marriage acceptance as a totally Biblical concept within Christianity.
But I’m not here to talk about that. I think that the Bible is pretty clear on what God has intended marriage to be, and if a person has come to a conclusion that there is no Biblical issue with homosexual activity, then I really don’t think I could reason them out of it.
What I want to talk about is the root of our sin, especially in the sexual world. This might be a perspective you’ve never thought of before, but hang with me.
Open your Bible to Genesis 2, and you’ll find paradise. God has placed man and woman in a perfect, lush, wonderful garden. They are free to roam around in the buff, in perfect relationship with each other and nature and God. But in Genesis 3, it all falls apart. Why?
The serpent convinces Eve that God is holding out on her. I’ll bet in some way you are tempted to sympathize with her a little bit. But just think of this for a moment. God has given Adam and Eve free reign over PARADISE. There are literally thousands, if not millions of wonderful non-thorny trees and bushes with all kinds of perfect fruits and berries to have their fill of. But Eve is tricked into focusing on the one tree that she is restricted from.
If you are a parent, have you ever heard your child say something to the effect of, “You never let me do/have/get anything I want!” all while they have a room and back yard full of toys?
I bet you see where I’m going with this. But have you ever considered that God didn’t have to make existence enjoyable in the first place at all?
As a man, I think women are just great. They are beautiful, sweet, graceful creatures. Never mind sexual attraction, they are great friends. Long before I was married, I had girl friends and girlfriends whom I still think very highly of to this day. I had the pleasure of knowing them as people. It is a part of human experience to have meaningful relationships with other people and when those relationships are healthy, they are enjoyable.
God didn’t have to make it like that. Look at the animal kingdom. Many animals live solitary lives, only coming together to mate.
And speaking of mating, God didn’t have to make that enjoyable, either. He could have made it purely instinctual. He could have made that process completely devoid of meaning, pleasure, intimacy etc. (I don’t want to write the details here, but Octopi are a prime example.)
So here we are, living on a planet where we can have many different kinds of meaningful relationships we enjoy, but only because God is good and made it that way. We can have intimate physical and emotional relationships we enjoy, but only because God is good and made it that way. And yet, when it comes to sex, and most all other sins for that matter, we look at God and say, “You tyrant! You won’t let me have any fun!”
From my perspective as a man (ladies, I understand what you get in a man isn’t all that great compared to what we men get in a woman), I must realize that God didn’t have to give me the opportunity or pleasure of knowing, loving or caring for anyone. Let alone anything so great as a woman. Let alone allow me to marry and be intimate with one!
Do I dare shake my fist at God and be angry that he says I should be faithful to the one?
Perhaps we need to remember God’s goodness. Perhaps we need to remember that God made us for a purpose. Perhaps we need to remember, “the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord.” Perhaps we need to remember that it is God’s business what we do with our time, talents, money, mind and, yes, our genitals too.
If you don’t believe me, please read 1 Corinthians chapters 5 and 6 and see if what I am saying is true. (It won’t take long)
We are not merely animals, PRAISE GOD.
By Klinton Silvey