Sexual promiscuity is not the unforgiveable sin. Let's not forget those featured in Jesus' genealogy (Judah, the man who slept with his daughter-in-law, mistaking her for a prostitute; David, the king who murdered the husband of his mistress), nor those winning mention in the Hebrews 11 Hall of Faith (Rahab, the prostitute who sheltered the Israelite spies, and Samson, the man with a weakness for beautiful women). The Bible, in weaving its long history of redemption, is not a storybook of heroes. Failure, even sexual mistakes, has not once tied God's hands. He accomplishes what he wills through the worst of us.I like the title of this article. (And the article, which you should read.) And the author's exasperation. Because I share it. Lately, I've been running into numerous articles where it is obvious that to some Christians, virginity (at least in women) IS considered something akin to our Holy Grail. It's the thing that gives us worth, the most important thing to protect! We can be ignorant or mean or liars or gossips, but heaven forbid we fornicate because there is NO GOING BACK.
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Virginity is not a moral merit badge. Whether or not we have had sex before marriage, we are all lawbreakers (James 2:10). None can feel superior, not even the virgins among us.
- Jen Pollack Michel
Seriously? Is that really, truly what church leaders think, or are they just going overboard trying to get their point across (badly)? I do understand that sexual sin is slightly different (the only one a person can commit against their own body, I believe is sort of how it was described), but why do we glorify it like this? Come on, people.
Yeah, I know, odd coming from someone who hasn't fornicated or even wanted to, but I really feel that some of the messages we are giving are really twisted all out of biblical proportion. And we are really hurting people by our ignorance and cruelty here. How should we deal with it? Good question. Any good answers?