Monday, December 15, 2003

What if the Church is right?

Yesterday the Epistle for the Divine Liturgy included Collosians 3:5: Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Think for a minute. Step back and pretend you haven't been hearing these readings your whole life, and look at how strong this is. Put to death! Kill! Destroy these (mostly) sexual sins! They incite God's wrath.

That's what we are called to do. We are bodily beings, and we must therefore not only serve God with our mind or with our pocketbook, but with our bodies. We are part of the body of Christ. Note that Paul doesn't say "the mind of Christ" or "the spirit of Christ." We are bodily, and Christ is bodily, and we are part of that body. We must therefore worship God with our bodies, in all matters.

Now, here is the question: Do you care what the Church says on sexual morality? Do you care what Paul says about it? What Christ says about it? What God says? Most of the discussion of contraception or homosexuality or non-marital sex revolves around the issue of whether or not God really cares about these things. What if He does? Would you change your life?

I think most people argue in bad faith on this issue. They reject God's dominion over their bodies, and then pretend that God doesn't care about their bodies to cover the rejection.

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