Monday, June 15, 2015

Isn't Your Church Sexually Repressive?

This is the next question in Sojourns "Questioning Jesus" series that Pastor Daniel covered looking at John 8:1-12.

I am thankful that Pastor Daniel started by telling us that God is pro sex. He is the One that created it as we see in Genesis 1:26-28 and 2:24-25. He designed it for the pleasure of married couples and to procreate. In Ephesians 5:30-32 we see that for Christians sex is far more than this and there is something mysterious that happens in sex and sexuality that we cannot fully comprehend.

John 8:1-12

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down andbegan to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees *brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they *said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court.10 Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 11 She said, “No one, [a]Lord.” And Jesus said, I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

Sexual Suppression  vv 1-6
Often times this comes from those that view the law as the end all be all, often times, legalists. Many people want to live the way they want to live and do not want to be in the light. So those that see the law as the end and follow it to the letter make them feel better. When we follow the law we feel as if we are in the position to judge. We put up rules and seek out those who break them so we can catch them and expose them.

Many Christians who are legalists have a lot of weird things going on sexually, because of how they view the law. When we see others in this sin we have a tendency to accuse or excuse. Which do you do?

Sexual Redemption vv 6-12
Jesus did not excuse and did not accuse, but He told the woman to leave her life of sin.
Jesus is the light and He exposes the darkness of sin. Psalm 90:8
We need to constantly be talking about sexuality in community, so that we can keep ourselves in the light. We need to stop acting like we have it all together. There is a problem in this world  and it begins with me.
Jesus says, "Neither do I condemn you". Jesus took our sin and shame and punishment on Himself. We need that to sink into our hearts and minds. We continuously grow in this and deal with our past. He takes our humiliating shame and turns it into liberating freedom.

Jesus brings redemption so that we can live as He created us.

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