Odds are good that at some point this weekend you tuned in with over 3 billion other people to watch the Olympic Games. The Olympics are inspiring to watch, as you witness records being broken and mankind pushing physical strength and agility to their limits. The world looks on in wonder at the accomplishments made and cheers for their country with pride.
Recently, reports were given on what occurs within the Olympic village. Behind the scenes is a extreme party scene filled with debauchery. Reports say that the Olympic village will be stocked with 100,000 condoms during the course of the games. Apparently, the Olympic athletes engage in copious amounts of sex. According to world-record-holding, American swimmer Ryan Lochte, about 70-75% of Olympians engage in what I am terming, somewhat tongue in cheek, “the sex Olympics”.
Honestly, I find this disheartening. When watching the Olympics we get an image of people who have so much physical control and strength, but lack these same qualities when it comes to morality. Instead, if reports are correct, many feed their sensual appetites and show limited control. Yet, this is becoming the norm. The sacredness of sexuality is increasingly impugned, yet at what cost?
Working with both individuals and couples, I can tell you that the emotional consequences of casual sex can be astronomical (much less the unexpected physical consequences that are so often the case). Having sexual partners previous to marriage often causes difficulties within marriages, sometimes without the couple fully knowing that this is the case.
So what does this mean for us as Christians, both single and married? It means it is our sole responsibility to promote a healthy sexuality grounded on a biblical perspective. It is up to us to hold ourselves and one another accountable to what God’s word says about sex. It means we keep our hearts and minds pure. It means we help our spouse guard their hearts along with their eyes. It means that we dress and behave in ways that will not contribute to those around us stumbling. It means that we have conversations, even if it isn’t always comfortable to do so. It means that the church must be willing to talk openly about this issue and engage our morally depraved culture.
We were created as sexual beings, but our sexuality was meant to be maintained within a proper context. Just as Olympians exhibit focus and self control when it comes to athletics, so also can we maintain a proper focus and self control in matters of sexuality and lust. It is up to the Christians to redeem sexuality and keep it sacred. Are we doing that? Are we keeping our minds pure? Are we meeting our spouse’s needs and keeping open lines of communication about sexual struggles? Are we holding one another accountable? Are we speaking truth even when it is uncomfortable?
“The monstrosity of sexual intercourse outside marriage is that those who indulge in it are trying to isolate one kind of union (the sexual) from all the other kinds of union which were intended to go along with it and make up the total union. There is (not) anything wrong about sexual pleasure, any more than about the pleasure of eating. . . (but) you must not isolate that pleasure and try to get it by itself, any more than you ought to try to get the pleasures of taste without swallowing and digesting, by chewing things and spitting them out again.” – C.S. Lewis
Walk good. Live wise. Be blessed.