Lutheran Witness: February 2015

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Sex outside of marriage. Same-sex attraction. Adultery. Lust. Identity. When it comes to sexuality, we hardly know where to start. We (hopefully) know what our Lord has to say about these issues, but how do we explain that to our college roommate or uncle who disagree with us? What do we say to a crowd that isn’t convinced sexual virtue exists or that sin is real, one that doesn’t care what the Bible thinks or even see it as an authority?

This month’s The Lutheran Witness looks at a topic the Church is sometimes reticent to discuss: sexuality. In “Love among the Ruins,” the Rev. Dr. Harold Senkbeil encourages Christians to speak confidently and joyfully about God’s gift of sex, while in “A Way of Escape,” Deaconess Jeni Miller interviews an LCMS member previously ensnared in a homosexual lifestyle, who talks firsthand about the way in which the Lord delivered her from it.

In “It’s Just Sex” by the Rev. Craig Donofrio, college students learn why promiscuity hurts and how God’s love makes all things new, and the Rev. Andrew Kennell’s “A Beautiful Inheritance” encourages those hurt by the world’s understanding of sexuality to take comfort in the fact that Jesus’ “perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).

“Explicit Parenting for Explicit Times,” by the Rev. Dr. Lucas Woodford, explains how families can talk about the uniqueness of males and females, even when children are young, paving the way for Dr. Beverly Yahnke’s “Their Way, Their Rules, Their Ruin?” which unpacks the Millennials’ understanding of cohabiting, uncoupling and sex as sport.

Questions about pornography, virginity and even older couples living together outside of marriage are answered in “The Smoldering Wick” by the Rev. Jon Olson, even as the Rev. Tom Eckstein’s “How Do I Help Them?” explains how to speak the truth in love to those who may be struggling with or supporting same-sex attraction. Finally, the Rev. Theodore Cook offers a brief primer on the Sixth Commandment in “Sin-Corrupted Sex,” encouraging repentance and reminding of Christ’s forgiveness.

We may not know where to start when it comes to discussions of sexuality, and those conversations may make us uncomfortable. But, the Rev. Dr. Senkbeil writes, “Christ Jesus has paid for all your sins in full–including your sexual sins–‘not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death’ (Small Catechism). By faith, your sins are erased and you’re covered in Christ’s perfect innocent and holiness.” And that changes everything!

Adriane Heins, Managing Editor
The Lutheran Witness

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