Most people in the world would know more about what the church is against than what it is for.
Nowhere does Christianity and the world contrast more than on the message of sex and sexuality. The sexual revolution of the sixties and onwards opened the door the Victorian era had long worked to keep hushed up and out of the spotlight. Now the genie was out of the bottle and it wasn’t going back in.
God is the creator of sex. It’s one of His best ideas in a long list of great achievements. Along with sex, God also put some guardrails around it to protect it’s specialness. In God’s eyes, there is something more to sex than just two pieces of matter coming together, it’s deeper and even more mysterious than that. In Genesis 2:24 God said:
A child asked his father, “How were people born?” So his father said, “Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on.”
The child then went to his mother, asked her the same question and she told him, “We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now.”
The child ran back to his father and said, “You lied to me!” His father replied, “No, your mum was talking about her side of the family.”
The father in this bit of humour makes the joke that his wife’s side of the family came from monkeys. Sometimes our references to others can border on stereotypes or even hidden racist views.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego we’ve all heard the story, but let me paint a fresh picture for you. Three handsome young Jewish men, heads shaved, dressed in the finest robes the Babylonian world power afforded the government officials, stood, while a desert plain of people bowed before a twenty seven meter high gold covered idol.
At stake wasn’t just a reprimand or a ‘written’ warning from the boss, but a law demanding that everyone who didn’t bow before this idol was to be thrown into the furnace. Top marks to the Babylonians on the creative use of a furnace, but the message from the king was clear, ‘I am the law’.
What was even clearer was the message these three young Jewish men communicated to the king Nebuchadnezzar,