Given the headlines today, lots of physical folks are starting to consternation if they ought to rethink sex. Wow—ya think?
Unless you’ve been under a stone for the last few weeks, you’ve listened about the engorgement of #MeToo reports of passionate nuisance and abuse perpetrated by politicians, actors, and the news media. The accused run the progression from magnanimous to conservative, Christian to skeptic. While the stories are opposite in fact and gravity, there’s a common thread—people in positions of power, mostly men, holding advantage of reduction absolute people, mostly females, to gorge their passionate whims.
Many secularists and cheerleaders of the passionate series are now repelled that so many people are giving free rein to what one author calls the “brutality of the male libido.”
In contemplating the wreckage, it’s tough to skip the sour irony here. I’m reminded of C. S. Lewis in “The Abolition of Man” in which he writes, “In a arrange of pale morality we mislay the organ and direct the function. We make men but chests and design of them trait and enterprise. We giggle at honour and are repelled to find traitors in the midst.”
But I’m blissful that flourishing numbers are finally commencement to arise up to the nauseous results of their physical worldview. A good instance is an opinion piece called “Let’s Rethink Sex” by Christine Emba in The Washington Post. Emba, an opinion author and editor there, rightly records that the enlightenment got off lane in matters passionate by making the twin arrogance that we all merit a certain volume of sex, and that zero should get in the way of us gratifying the desires—“even,” she says, “when honour is unclear.”
“It’s not that sex in and of itself is the problem,” Emba writes. “But the thought that posterior one’s passionate imperatives should take dominance over workplace rules, lines of energy or even just suitable social function is what allows predators to clear passionate nuisance and assault.”
Amazingly, she says that we ought to return to some of the old virtues—including “prudence, temperance, honour and even love.” Well, suppose that! So far, so good.
But Emba, who has started down the trail of wisdom, is wavering to go too far, saying, “It’s doubtful that we’ll return to a multitude in which passionate encounters outward of matrimony are disallowed or even discouraged—that sex sight has already left the fornication station, if it was ever scrupulously there to start with.”
Okay, but because not return? As Lewis also wrote, “We all wish progress. But swell means getting nearer to the place where you wish to be. And if you have taken a wrong branch then to go brazen does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong highway swell means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road.”
So if we’re to rethink sex as Emba and others are commencement to advocate, it creates ideal clarity to demeanour to the One who gave us sex in the first place, God Himself, and see what He says about it—and it’s positively not about gratifying the greedy desires.
Way back in the book of Genesis, we see the two categorical functions of sex identified by theologians opposite the spectrum of Christianity—the unitive and the procreative—and they are inseparably related with marriage.
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mom and hold quick to his wife, and they shall turn one flesh. And the man and his wife were both exposed and were not ashamed.” That’s the unitive aspect of sex, bringing husband and wife together for mutual benefit.
“Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she recognised and gimlet Cain”—that is the procreative aspect, which distant too mostly in the enlightenment has been totally divorced from the sex act—with catastrophic results.
So come to BreakPoint.org and I’ll couple you to Emba’s article. What a good contention starter to rivet the physical friends and acquaintances—but only under suitable circumstances, of course.
Let the re-thinking begin.
Rethinking “Relations”: A Return to Virtue in the Wake of Scandal?
As Eric has forked out, the consequences of the physical worldview on sexuality are now coming to light. As Christians, we can use this moment to inspire those in the spheres of change to “rethink sex” in terms of human flourishing—and to indicate them to the One who gave us this present in the first place.