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A Word to a World Awash in Lust

Remember these words from Genesis 3:7, right after Adam and Eve first sinned? “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.” The very first consequence of sin was a twisting of our understanding of our sexuality – we experienced sexual shame.

Now, consider these words from Romans 1: “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened … Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another …. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”

One more, from I Corinthians 6:18-20: “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

These passages speak directly to a world awash with every form of lust, sensuality, promiscuity, and perversion: Sexual immorality is a direct and immediate consequence of turning away from God and worshipping something less than God.

There’s something very precious about our bodies, and something very holy about sex. After all, the marriage union is supposed to be a picture of the union between Christ and the Church. It is intimate, unique, holy, and special. It is not surprising, then, that our sexuality is where sin attacks first and hardest when we turn away from God.

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