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An exchange…sexual liberty for virtually all other liberties

We live in an unusual age today.  As objective truth collapses and the authority of a triune God who objectively reveals himself inerrantly in scripture disappears, it is little wonder that an unanchored world goes insane.  What is truly sad is when once faithful and orthodox denominations abandon the authority of scripture for a worldly ethic.  Many ordained leaders in my own denomination (PCUSA) as well as most other mainline denominations have signed onto a statement that abandons nearly all traditional Christian sexual ethics in favor of an ethic that mimics the liberal sexual ethos of our postmodern times.  While on the one hand they favor, plead, and politically maneuver for the freedom of nearly all sexual expression absolutely prohibited by God’s Word, the other hand works with the liberal left of the political world to bring about tyranny and control in nearly all other aspects of our lives.  Mark Steyn has written very cogently about this here.  Here is an ironic section of his article:

A few years ago, Kenneth Minogue of the London School of Economics wrote that ours is the age of “the new Epicureans” in which the “freedom to choose” trumps all. A childless couple can choose to conceive. A female couple can choose to conceive. A male couple—Barrie and Tony from Chelmsford, England—can choose to conceive and both be registered as the biological fathers of their children not so much on the technical grounds that they had “co-mingled” their sperm before shipping it out to their Fallopian time-share in California but out of a more basic sympathy that this is how Barrie and Tony “self-identify” and it would be cruel to deny them. A woman in Bend, Ore., can choose to become a man, and then a “pregnant man.” A man can choose to become a woman. A man can choose to get halfway to becoming a woman, and then decide it’s more fun to “live in the grey area.” Biologically, Barrie or Tony, but not both, is the sole father of their child; the “pregnant man” is pregnant but not a man; the he/she living in “the grey area” is in reality black or white—at least according to what we used to call “the facts of life.” But issuers of passports, drivers’ licences, even birth certificates and no doubt one day U.S. Department of Homeland Security visas now defer to the principle of “self-identification.”

In terms of sexual identity, we’re freer than almost any society in human history, at least in terms of official validation of our choice to “redefine” ourselves in defiance of biological and physiological reality. And yet, if you accept that infertile couples and gay couples should be free to “have” babies by means of technology, why should you not be free to sell them the semen that enables them to do it? If you suggest that, say, “partial-birth abortion” (which is actually partial-birth infanticide) ought to be illegal, feminists will be out in the street chanting, “Keep your laws off my body!” and “Keep your rosaries off my ovaries!” But, when the government tells you you can’t sell your own bodily fluid, which is, after all, about as basic a personal property as anything, there are no outraged progressives to chant “Keep your legislation off my ejaculation!”

At some point we will come to see that the developed world’s massive expansion of personal sexual liberty has provided a useful cover for the shrivelling of almost every other kind. Free speech, property rights, economic liberty and the right to self-defence are under continuous assault by Big Government. But who cares when Big Government lets you shag anything that moves and every city in North America hosts a grand parade to celebrate your right to do so? It’s an oddly reductive notion of individual liberty. The noisier grow the novelties of our ever more banal individualism, the more the overall societal aesthetic seems drearily homogenized—like closing time in a karaoke bar with the last sad drunks bellowing off the prompter “I did it My Way!”

And in the end even the sex doesn’t do it. In the Netherlands, the most progressive nation in Europe, the land where whatever’s your bag is cool, where naked women beckon from storefront windows, a certain ennui is palpable. Last week, the ANP news agency released a poll showing that the Dutch now derive more pleasure from going to the bathroom than from sex. It wasn’t a close-run thing: eighty per cent identified a trip to the toilet as the activity “they enjoy the most”—or, as the South African newspaper the Witness put it, “The Bog’s Better Than Bonking.” To modify Eliot, this is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a flush.

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August 28, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

4 Comments »

  1. The declaration is, well, interesting. It’s kind of old now though, isn’t it? My former pastor signed it but he was at his previous church at the time. I have to admit, this (http://www.shuckandjive.org/2009/08/sexual-ethics-for-rest-of-us.html) disturbed me a bit.

    Mark Steyn’s article is amusing but unfortunately for those of us who live with and love people with gender identity issues, it’s not a laughing matter. I’m not a fan of slippery slope arguments, but the labeling does seem to be headed for total absurdity.

    I certainly don’t know the answer, I just know the reality of my experience. I know you don’t believe people are born gay, my experience says otherwise.

    Comment by Sara | August 29, 2009

  2. Sara,

    I am not sure why Mr. Shuck’s entry is any more troubling to you than the other statement and the hundreds of clergy who signed it. They say pretty much the same thing, though Mr. Shuck’s is more explicit in it’s affirmation of sexual expression outside of the bonds of marriage for all including leaders within “christian” (in name only for many) denominations. The statement that your previous pastor signed also calls for the acceptance of all sexual behavior between consenting individuals. For me it is even more troubling because there is no delineation between adults and children.

    As for your “experience”, I certainly respect and honor that, but it is not an exclusive indicator of right or truth. There are many who would say that pedophilia “in their experience” is not morally wrong. I can bring forth hundreds of such examples.

    On the other hand there is no scientific evidence and certainly no Biblical evidence of the “goodness” or even naturalness of homosex behavior. Three major scientific studies (liberal leaning) failed to establish a “gay gene”. But even if I were to grant you a certain proclivity in some for a favoring of those of the same sex, this does not in and of itself indicate a moral “goodness” or “rightness”. There is a great deal of evidence tha tsome are born toward a proclivity to alcoholic abuse or pedophilia. But very few would thereby conclude that these proclivities are “good”.

    Your “experience” and my “experience” while very influential on our perspectives, does not indicate what is good, right and true. As Christians we must leave that to God’s Word.

    Comment by Adel | August 29, 2009

  3. Oops…I forgot to indicate that the “religious declaration on sexual morality…” makes it clear that sex outside of marriage is just fine. They explicitly state, “it accepts no double standards and applies to all persons, without regard to sex, gender, color, age, bodily condition, marital status, or sexual orientation.” Did you catch the “marital status” point?

    Comment by Adel | August 29, 2009

  4. Adel,
    I didn’t mean to imply that the declaration wasn’t disturbing. I was just noting that it was not recent. John’s post was current and had bothered me when I read it.

    I didn’t catch the marital status point!

    Comment by Sara | August 30, 2009


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