We ended up last time with the information from Scripture on what sexual morality is and why, and as we have seen sexual morality has everything to do with bearing the image of God in our bodies as well as in soul and spirit. We have also seen that sexual morality is the very image and likeness of the union between Christ and His church, for the two become One.
Yes, dear reader, this whole subject is an apocalyptic element.
The question we ended with is “What are we going to do with this information?”
I would suggest that the first thing we do with it is to recognize that once we know what is moral, we also know what is not and thus we know what is immoral. There is no reason for me to fill your screen with a list of immoral practices, for this would really be nothing more than redundant. Let he who has ears hear, let he who has eyes see…
Not everyone has ears that hear and eyes that see, for it takes the indwelling of the Holy Spirit for us to truly see the depths of Scripture and the truth it contains. Thus, I am not at all surprised when people who have neither belief or faith in, nor relationship with Jesus Christ live in immorality; that is what people do in such a state. I will not condemn them, nor will I accuse or disrespect them, for they do not see the truth. However, I will form a relationship with such people, in the hope of building enough respect and trust so that I might have the opportunity to bring them to faith in Jesus Christ so that their eyes may be opened. In my experience, name calling and threats of Hell usually aren’t helpful in this quest.
Some might think my approach is missing the mark, that I have gone soft on sin; I’ve been called some interesting names by such people in the past, and probably will be again, but if you are so inclined, fear not, for neither will I condemn you. I might ask such a person if they really think that open hostility is a trait that Jesus exemplified in His ministry, and sometimes I get proof texts from passages like Matthew 23 in which Jesus was pronouncing God’s judgment upon the Pharisees, and in those cases, I politely suggest that my brother might want to study the Pharisees, and have a mirror close by to see what they looked like close up.
Yes very, nay extremely politely.
Jesus found a delicate balance between speaking the truth and having compassion for those who did not comprehend it, He never denied the truth, yet His response was loving and compassionate, and He reached out to those who suffered in whatever way from their sin, not to correct them or to be “right”, but to make them whole again. If there is one thing we should understand about Jesus, it is that He reached out to broken and confused humanity before they got their act together. No one must have their act together before having a relationship with Jesus, for if that were true, you and I would not have a relationship with Him; are we not all works in progress?
So, the first thing that I propose we do with the information we have so far, is respond to it in a way that is worthy of the divine image we bear, as Jesus showed us how to do.
Next time, let’s continue our reflection and talk a bit about being tempted…