1Thes 2:3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,
Few things seem more ridiculous to our culture than to speak of sexuality as holy or unholy. We are told sex just is. It is a natural need of humanity that must be met as much as any other physical need. There is no need for rules, just do what you feel like doing, when you feel like doing it. Unless of course it is public, then you can get a ticket. Record it privately however and then show it online and it’s no big deal. No harm, no foul right?!
God wants us to so rest in His greater love for us that we can love in ways that are holy again.
The truth is that few things have caused more pain and harm to individuals than this kind of thinking. The once radical fringe has become mainstream. In their wake we find failed marriages, rampant depression, disease, suicide, fear, loneliness and serious abuse. We see broken hearts, broken trust, broken bodies, broken families, inability to give, receive or even believe in love any longer. Perhaps the wisdom of the world isn’t so wise after all.
Rom 12:18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
Rodney King’s famous plea in the middle of the 1992 LA riots seemed silly to me at the time. “Can we all get along? Can we all get along?!” Of course not. Haven’t you been paying attention? Under pressure people get pretty self-centered. In a mob setting all sanity is lost. Even the Bible notes that there will always be wars and rumors of wars.
Still we all know that all conflict is NOT equal. And some should be more easily resolved and avoided than they tend to be. Just think, haven’t you walked away from an intense conversation scratching your head and wondering how in the world did it get there? Why did I get so defensive? Why were they so intense. Too often it is our response NOT the actual situation that blows things out of proportion.
Perhaps Rodney King’s silly statement is needed when the situation itself is just silly!
1Corinthians 6:1-11 deals with a problem of Christians making a big deal of their struggles in the wrong arena. Many in that church were taking each other to civil court rather than just working things out. Keep in mind this was a pre-corporation, pre-insurance society. Real harm was done to each other AND to the reputation of Christ in the secular world as a result. Relationships were lost as was the credibility of the message that Jesus changes life & relationship.