Why Is The Church So Heavily Invested In Repressing Sexuality?
I saw this post on Twitter yesterday:
How Can I Satisfy My Sexual Desires If I’m Destined For Singleness?
There was a time when I held this mentality, and likely would have taken some (very temporary) comfort in it. Now, it just causes me to rant:
"when our sexual needs aren’t met it is not really about our bodies at all. It is about our souls." <-THIS IS HARMFUL http://t.co/dFWeM5vn0i
telling single people they should replace their sexual desire with God is ACTIVELY HARMING THEM and sentencing them to a MISERABLE life
single Christians: please know that your sexual desire is NOT a sin. acting on it in a safe, healthy, consensual way is NOT a sin.
there is NOTHING wrong with you. NOTHING AT ALL. you DON’T need more God. you don’t need to pray harder.
please don’t allow ANYONE to shame you for having a healthy sexual appetite.
Once I got that off my chest, I was left with the same questions that come time mind each time I read anything that shames natural sexual desires.
What exactly is it about sex and sexual desire that causes the church to treat it like a flesh-eating zombie bent on destroying us all?
What is it about the thought of consenting adults making safe and healthy decisions with their bodies that compels the church to suppress it to the point of policing the dress and even THOUGHTS of Christians, even when married?
What would happen if, instead, the church encouraged us to view each other as human beings, instead of policing each other’s actions in order to avoid the slightest HINT of a lustful thought?
What would happen if we encouraged people to embrace their sexual desires in a healthy, consensual way, regardless of marital status? Instead of telling them they need just be content with God, or worse, sugar-coating and disguising shame as empowerment?
Would the church spontaneously combust? Would it suddenly collapse under the weight of nuance and critical thinking? Would there be mayhem, weeping, and gnashing of teeth?
Somebody explain to me what a healthy view of sexuality would actually DO to the church.
Like I’m 5.