by Jan Silvious
Are you sick of the way our society portrays sex?
C. S. Lewis, an intellectual who was gloriously saved as an adult, has been a wonderful resource for some of the best Christian thinking of our day. I like his comments on our society's inordinate interest in sex:
You can get a large audience together for a striptease act-that is, to watch a girl undress on the stage. Now suppose you came to a country where you could fill a theater by simply bringing a covered plate on the stage and then slowly lifting the cover so as to let everyone see, just before the lights went out, that it contained a mutton chop or a bit of bacon. Would you not think that in that country something had gone wrong with the appetite for food? And would not anyone who had grown up in a different world think there was something equally queer about the state of the sex instinct among us?1
Interesting images, aren't they?
William Temple has put the whole issue of sex in a more spiritual context:
It is to be recognized that sex is holy as well as wholesome.... It is the means by which we may cooperate with God in bringing into the world children of His own destined for eternal life. Anyone, who has once understood that, will be quite as careful as any Puritan to avoid making jokes about sex; not because it is nasty, but because it is sacred. He would no more joke about sex than he would joke about Holy Communion-and for exactly the same reason. To joke about it is to treat with lightness something that deserves reverence.2
So what do we do about it, since we are entrenched in a society that twists and perverts sex?
We can start on a personal level by refusing to get caught up in loose talk about sexual subjects or by laughing at innuendos or jokes that are meant to play on words that have sexual connotations.
We can be alert to advertising that uses sex to sell a product, and refuse to buy. A good example of the effectiveness of this tactic was when Pepsi withdrew their crude, obscene commercial featuring rock singer Madonna. People who cared made a statement by refusing to buy Pepsi products.
We can seek purity before God, going before Him daily and asking Him to cleanse us of any sinful way. In this sex-saturated society, it is easy to be drawn into the mentality surrounding us. But God is faithful and, if you want to be pure, you can be.
Proverbs 30:12 tells of a hopeless generation: "There are those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth." 1 honestly believe the Bible is speaking of the generation in which we are presently living, but you and I can choose not to be a part of it. We can refuse to look, listen, or speak perversely or with sexual innuendo.
By fixing our eyes on Jesus and asking Him to renew our minds, it is possible to be pure, even in this wicked and faithless generation.
From The 5-Minute Devotional
<![if !supportLists]>1. <![endif]>Wayne Martindale and Jerry Root, The Quotable Lewis, Tyndale, 1989.
<![if !supportLists]>2. <![endif]>Carroll Simcox, Three Thousand Quotations on Christian Themes, Baker Book House, 1988.