Days after the MTV Video Music Awards, our TV and computer screens are still being bombarded by shocking images of Miley Cyrus gyrating on stage, wearing nothing but a bra and nude underwear.
In an age where the pervasiveness of the media is such that our society is saturated by sexual imagery and easy access to instant gratification, it is no wonder that Christians desire conversations and biblical teaching on how to remain pure.
Over two weekends in September, Katoomba Christian Convention (KCC) hosted a conference for young adults called Engage, which looked at God’s intention for sex, his blessing of it in the context of marriage, and his creation of his people as sexual beings.
Justin Moffat, senior minister at St Philips on York Street, spoke on Song of Solomon- a book in the Bible which is often avoided “like the plague”. He highlighted the power of words and affirmation in relationships, the boundaries of love, and the gift of sexual intimacy.
Matt Fuller, senior minister at Christ Church Mayfair in London dug deep into Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, addressing the abuses and idolatry of sex in our culture. He called us to enjoy sex as God intended it, and to use it for serving our spouses.
Churches today understand the importance of having conversations on tough issues like sex, pornography and same-sex attraction, and shaping people’s sexual desires by the scriptures rather than society.
Our sexuality, in singleness and marriage, is an integral part of who God has created us to be, and like all things must be celebrated whilst still put in submission to Christ.