At first a question mark, now a period.
These past couple of weeks have been painful for some. The talks of sexual harassment in the news have brought light to some dark and painful realities that we all face in our lives, or may be blinded to. And while that may be a large statement to generalize that everyone is affected by this, I believe it could be true.
We are sexual beings, and in different ways, we are broken sexually. Whether the offender or the offended, I believe we could argue we all stand on both sides, and it has been a very, very painful time. Again, I am not trying to be insensitive to such a hard time, but I believe God is opening my eyes to a lot of sin in my own life, as well as, hurt that I have felt and faced from others.
The past couple of weeks at church, we have been talking about “Sexuality”, as we’ve been studying the book of Matthew. I will not dare try to regurgitate the sermon. I won’t do it justice; however, if you go to (http://brookhavenpres.com/sermons-the-gospel-of-matthew/) you can see the two sermons on “Sexual Ethic” and “Intimacy.” It’s through these sermons, a book I have been personally studying with a woman on sexual brokenness, and reading the Samuel Series (She Reads Truth) and Tamar’s story in 2 Samuel, that I have seen the magnitude of how sexual sin both effects others, or has effected us deeply.
With the “Me too” campaign going around, a friend asked me what I thought about it?
I think if it effects us and shows us the stark reality of how our sin deeply effects those around us, then that’s great. And with that said, what I’ve been seeing, reading, and understanding about my own sin is that I also see how I am just as much the offender as the offended. Maybe I haven’t physically hurt anyone, but how have I objectified people around me? How have I lusted after people, as if I have any right to them or their body?
It’s been this kind of understanding recently, and a result of feeling objectified, lusted after, or people taking ownership over me whether they think they have a right or not of that ownership, that has made me SO disgusted by the sexual sin and brokenness that engulfs our world and lives and breeds so deep inside of me.
Ah, I could go on forever, but where does this leave us?
Well, I think like Amanda Bible Williams, an author of She Reads Truth, says,
“We all need a rescue. We all yearn for a reckoning. Sin is deceitful. Sin creates desolation. Sin leaves a wake of destruction. (But) Our God receives us, rescues us, and restores us. This is the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yes, this world is ever so broken. But God is here. He is the Healer and Redeemer, and He is with us.”
1.) Brookhaven Presbyterian Church (Matthew Sermon Series)
2.) “She Reads Truth” (1&2 Samuel Study- specifically “Absalom’s Restoration”) (There is also a “He Reads Truth”)
3.) “Sexual Sanity for Women” “Sexual Sanity for Men”