The Meaning of Sex →
Writing on the website Canon and Culture Jonathan Leeman gives a brilliant Christian portrayal of the meaning of sex.
Much of the Christian discussion about sex over the last few decades has revolved around the boundaries of the act. What’s missing is a positive explanation of the purpose and meaning of sex. Those boundaries are not arbitrary. The boundaries exist because of the purpose behind it. Adultery is not wrong simply because God said so, adultery is wrong because it uses sex outside of its design. Like trying to hammer a nail with your hand, you’re bound to get hurt. Not because your hand is bad, or useless, but because it’s useful within a given framework.
The same goes for sex. It’s a beautiful, (literally) live giving act, that points to the unity of God himself, and his relationship with his people. The Bible talks about it in an overwhelmingly positive manner, but our boundary-talk has warped our understanding. Constantly framing it in the negative is bound to cause a negative connotation.
That is why I love this article. It doesn’t fall prey to that tendency, and gives a beautiful picture of God’s design for sex.
I’d highly encourage you to read it. It’s one of the best (if not the best) things I’ve read on the subject.
You can find it here.