The Christian Mind
There are three things which are too wonderful for me,
Yes, four which I do not understand:
The way of an eagle in the air,
The way of a serpent on a rock,
The way of a ship in the midst of the sea,
And the way of a man with a virgin. Proverbs 30.18, 19
The Christian Mind
Harry Blamires (1916-)
“The fashion for giving sex instruction in schools, and the nature of that instruction, are symptomatic of the Church’s abdication. This instruction is supposed to prepare the young for a life in which sexual experience will be harmonious and fulfilling; yet it is almost exclusively clinical and hygienically divested of emotional overtones. It is difficult to understand why detailed understanding of the physiology of sex should be supposed to be an assistance to the happy practice of monogamy, especially in the absence of any instruction in the nature of love.”
The Church has left the education of its children largely in the hands of an unbelieving world. Pop culture and public schooling do more to shape the minds of our youth than the feeble efforts most churches put forth once or twice a week. Nowhere are the results of this more disastrous than in the area of sex and love. The unbelieving world has reduced love to sex and sex to a right and recreational pastime. When love and sex are thus wrenched from their proper framework and purpose and pursued mainly for pleasure, the divine purpose of this great mystery and blessing is lost, as well as its intended benefits for the world. God created and ordained love and sex for filling the world with His image-bearers, who are subduing the earth according to His goodness. Instead, they have become mere idols, along with much else in God’s world, by which men grasp for fleeting happiness in an uncertain world. And all for want of a Christian mind.
Talk with some of your leaders about the church’s responsibility for teaching its members how to understand, use, and redeem pop culture as part of their Kingdom-and-glory calling from the Lord.
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All quotations from The Christian Mind are from Harry Blamires, The Christian Mind (Ann Arbor: Servant Books, 1963, 1978).