Fire in a fireplace is good (especially on a cool evening with someone you love). Fire in your living room is not. Fire raging through your city is a national disaster. So it is with sex.
Before I terrify you with the truth about sexual chaos in America today, let us consider what God intended for us with regard to sex.
- 1. Sex is sacred.The word sacred means “set apart.” As fire is best when set apart for the fireplace and not running wild–so it is with sex. Sex is far more valuable and better when regarded as intentionally special and practiced within the blessed boundaries of a loving lifelong commitment called marriage.
- 2. Marriage is ordained by God and it pre-exists both government and church. Marriage is God’s first answer to the problem of loneliness (Genesis 2:18) and His intended vehicle for producing “godly offspring” (Malachi 2:15). It’s definition is distinctive. Listen to Jesus:
“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” (Mark 10:6-9, NIV)
The gender composition and number of partners in a marriage are clearly defined in Jesus’ response to a question about divorce in the passage above. Clearly, God intends for children to have a father and a mother to model marriage for them. Children need the distinctive qualities that a mother and father bring to the home. Polygamy, polyamory and same-sex alternatives to marriage are purposefully and gracefully excluded by Jesus. And finally, God is the author of marriage as an institution and, apparently, of each marriage in particular.
In spite of God’s best intentions for us, much of America today is in rebellion against nearly everything affirmed above. We live in a sex saturated society with no sign of collective sanity on the horizon. Since the free-loving ‘60s, we have taken a wrecking ball to sexual mores in our society. In one generation, the rate of babies born out-of-wedlock in the U.S. has quadrupled to 41%. This sort of moral sea-change on such a large scale in such a short time is unprecedented in human history. And no one is hurt more by sexual chaos than children. Divorce rates have exploded. Hollywood routinely glorifies prostitution, homosexuality and adultery. Pornography proliferates like never before. Sexual diseases run rampant, often incurable.
None of this is accidental. Wildfires of sexual chaos principles are sweeping through our through public schools, subjecting small children to radical homosexual indoctrination often with no recourse to parents. By law, California textbooks for public schools must include specific homosexual, bisexual and transsexual propaganda in the name of social studies. Educators are under a legal mandate to meet a quota for honoring alleged homosexuals in history. Secularist and homosexualist totalitarians (paid by public funds) are increasingly controlling what students can read and write. Our universities offer lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender courses and majors designed to deconstruct prevailing notions of morality and promote sexual confusion. Politicians follow suit. Glowing with hope, President Barack Obama recently said,
“You will see a time in which we as a nation finally recognize relationships between two men or two women as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman.” (October 10, 2009, in an address to the Human Rights Campaign where he also called on Congress to repeal the Defense Of Marriage Act).
Why should homosexuals get to redefine marriage but not polygamists or polyamorists? Does the President not think that relationships between three or more consenting adults are “just as real and admirable” as relationships between two? If not, why not? Is there any moral basis for the discrimination President Obama is showing against some groups and not others?
In a culture that values property and health, we admire firefighters. A culture that values marriage and children would also admire those who bravely fight the fires of sexual chaos.
The views expressed on this blog are personal and belong to Joel Solliday unless otherwise stated. They are not, intended to characterize the views of the Lewiston Church of Christ or other organizations to which I may refer.