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By Dan Wilson

A Positive Theology of Sex

HARVEST USA articles usually deal with the negative realities of sexual sin, and many people think evangelical Christians, when it comes to discussions of sex, are negative, nit-picking prudes who do not have enough fun and who believe God is anti-pleasure and only says "No!" HARVEST USA, in its work with people who struggle with sexual brokenness and sin, speaks seriously about these issues, but serious does not mean negative. We are about an incredibly positive message; we are about real joy, restoration, and redemption that flow from God’s grace, mercy, and love. This applies to matters of sex!

Scripture says God makes and gives to His creation the best pleasures. Psalm 16 says, "At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore!" Sex, with all its emotional and physical components of pleasure, came from the mind of God. It was not something man invented in opposition to God's plan. Scripture declares that God designed us to please Him and live a life full of lasting pleasures and joys.

This is good news. Even though sin has corrupted all good things, much of the goodness of God's work of creation remains and God’s work of redemption extends hope to bring joy from despair. We are called to live within the good and right parameters of God's design. In the area of sex it is imperative to grasp the positive theology of sexuality that God designed. Doing so will help us live lives that are glorifying to God, enjoy His creation more and avoid the entanglements of sexual idolatry and sin.

Consider the following seven truths about God's great gift of sex –

1. God Made Us Male and Female – The Crowning Masterpieces of His Creation.
The good news about God’s gift of sex and sexuality begins with God the almighty, all wise and all loving Creator. God declared the world was good and that man and woman were very good. Our maleness and masculinity or our femaleness and femininity are great and astounding works of divine creativity. Every man and woman is a crowning masterpiece of the Creator.

What are we masterpieces here for? Our culture says life is for sex and sex is the reason for life. Our culture teaches us to radically devalue our masculinity or femininity unless we are sexually active. Unmarried Christians are tempted to believe their single years are a waste if they cannot have sex and tend to make marriage an idol in their hearts. This "life is for sex" view is far too one-dimensional. If by "sex" we only think about acts of sex – the acts that lead to orgasm – then our definition is extremely narrow and artificial. It is easy to "miss the forest for the trees." If we think only about the sex act, we miss a grand forest of God-made sexuality and sexual identity.



 

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