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Unsafe Sex

Did the title of this article get your attention? America has become a sex-saturated society. Daily we are bombarded with sexual messages & images, and most of it is not good. The result is a culture awash in sensuality and sexuality. But we have to take care not to throw the baby out with the bath water. A close study of Bible texts like Genesis 2:17, Proverbs 5:15-20, The Song of Solomon, Ephesians 5:25-33 and others should serve to correct any notions that sex itself is a bad thing, to be shunned and hush-hushed all together. The Bible tells us that everything God made was good. And whether it embarrasses us to talk about it or not, sex was neither Solomon's nor Hugh Hefner's idea. Sex is one of the good things God thought up and then instructed man about. It is problematic for our culture when the church shies away from the vital subject of human sexuality and what God has to say about it even as the world loudly and aggressively and relentlessly preaches messages about sex that are often deluded, deceitful, destructive and even deadly. May God help us stand up for this Bible truth as well as all others.

All that having been said, the Bible does indeed differ with mankind's popular thinking about sex. One of the most popular ideas to come down the pike since the advent of AIDS has been so-called "safe-sex." You know the drill. No need to abstain from having sex with practically anyone you want anytime you want to so long as you are "safe" about it. We are asked to believe we are "safe" from such things as unplanned pregnancies and unwanted babies and some really nasty and unhealthy diseases so long as we use a condom or practice some other method of "safe sex." An avalanche of data is available that shows that "safe sex" is sometimes not all that safe after all. In many of these United States and in other nations around the globe, the sowing of irresponsible and immoral sex continues to yield a harvest of problems in tens of millions of lives — problems like abortion and aids; problems like divorce and family dissolution, problems that are physical, psychological, emotional and theological in nature. Safe sex? Scripture warns that sex cannot possibly be safe when we leave God and His Word out of the mix. Ominously, 1st Corinthians 6:18 reads, "Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body." The New Living Translation says, "No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does." Nor, we hastily add, the soul. The world may hate to hear it and the church may be slow to say it, but safe-sex, outside of marriage, is not an improbability — it is an impossibility. The God who came up with the whole idea of sex and then engineered male and female bodies to be able to engage in it said, "Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators and adulterers God will judge" (Hebrews 13:4). Sex is safe — and sacred — when done God's way. Sex is never safe for the soul when we ignore God's will, no matter how careful we are.

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ