Mennonite rules on dating
Such dualism also went hand in glove with the denigration of women, who were seen as more bodily because they became pregnant, lactated, menstruated, and otherwise needed to be more aware of their bodily nature.During the Patristic Period and early Middle Ages, sexuality increasingly was perceived as problematic.But my sense is that our contemporary problem with sexual vulgarization has very little to do with same-sex sexuality.I’m not convinced that traditional marriage—and even the sacred authority of the biblical text—are unduly endangered by gay and lesbian people loving each other and committing themselves to each other.Masturbation is one of the most common sexual experiences across the spectrums of age, culture, partnered and single life situations, and genders.
Not surprisingly, churches consistently come in dead last from among various possible sources.In more than just biblical ways, our spirituality and sexuality are deeply intertwined. That yearning for connection is expressed not just genitally, but with our whole selves, with intellectual and emotional passion.Theologically speaking, human sexuality is “most fundamentally the divine invitation to find our destinies not in loneliness but in deep connection,” write James B. We need other people, and are drawn to them, just as we are drawn to God.Finding pleasure in our own God-given bodies can be good, I believe, as long as it is shorn from undue lust.It’s not for everyone, and if it draws someone away from God, then for God’s sake, don’t do it.
My fear is that over the last 30 years most of us in the church have focused too much on homosexuality, distracting ourselves from other pressing sexual realities.