There are millions of voices trying to grab your attention. You only have so much time during the day to keep up with friends and news online. It is important to you how you spend that time.
Here are four reasons you will want to carve out a few minutes of your online reading for this blog:
This blog is about one of the greatest crises facing our world today.
Lust is one of the primary direct or indirect causes for human trafficking, high divorce rates, teen pregnancy, depression, church fragmentation, and lack of male leadership in the church.
Men really like sex. They are obsessed with it. And Christian men are nowhere near immune to this obsession. A majority of Christian men frequent some form of pornography online. Those who avoid it still give in to lusting at women around them. Those who even avoid that often use their wives for self-serving, self-centered sexual pleasure. Certainly, a husband should enjoy his wife, but that enjoyment should be centered around her as he gives his entire life to her. And that giving of his life to her should be an application of giving his entire life in obedience to Christ who calls men to love their wives as He loves the church.
All Christian men daily give in to the temptation to experience some sort of sexual pleasure for their own glory. This means that even Christian men who are striving to be obedient to God with their sexuality are constantly using sex for their own glory and not God’s. Every man is lusting, including the guy who only has eyes for his wife. Every man is part of the problem even as some are striving to be part of the solution.
The current teaching from even the most Gospel-centered preachers only scratches the surface of what needs to be said.
We need to dig even deeper into the truth of the Gospel to give men the power to not only look away from lust with their eyes but with their hearts also.
This is not a jab at those preachers. They are fighting an air war that requires them to cover a broad range of issues and thus cannot devote all their time to one issue. However, since the opportunities to become enslaved by lust are far greater than perhaps any other time in history, we need to dig deeper than ever before into the relevant truths of the Gospel that empower freedom from lust.
Do we really know what it means that our bodies are members of Christ? That to join yourself to a prostitute is to become one body with her? What about what it means to be one Spirit with the Lord? Or that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?
We have heard these terms so many times, but I used to have a lot of trouble confidently explaining them in my own words. That means I didn’t really know what they mean.
The church needs a voice from the inside looking upward.
If all men lust, then that includes all the men preaching and writing against lust. That includes me.
Certainly there are a lot of men who have had a lot of victory in the fight against lust. They should call back to men and help them through battles they have already overcome by God’s grace. But the battle to keep your heart always directed at God above all else is a battle that no one has perfected. I will strive to be a voice that makes my weaknesses and failures transparent so the power of the Gospel is glorified, not my strength.
Everyone has a stake in the outcome of this fight
All men, women, and children have their futures deeply invested in whether or not Christian men will fight to kill lust in their hearts.
As I stated in the first reason, lust is one of the primary causes for a whole host of the world’s darkest problems. There is not a person in the world that would not benefit from the men around them killing lust and growing love for God in their hearts. On the other hand, there is not a person in the world who is not being robbed of those benefits right now because men are not killing lust.
Also, the Bible is clear that the sexually immoral will not inherit the kingdom of God (Eph. 5:5). If you are not seeking true repentance and faith continually from your sexual coveting, you should be very afraid that you will lose forever the pleasure of knowing God the source of all good things. Are you fully equipped to use the power of the Gospel to kill lust in your heart? I know, for me, that I need constant exposure to the Gospel in order to remain in the fight. Perhaps this blog will provide some of that for you.
For those of you who do not struggle with lust as much as the rest of us, you still have a stake in this fight. There are men around you who need your fervent prayer. They need you to know how to preach the Gospel to them so that it hits home to what they are desiring in their hearts. You will be held responsible for how you come alongside your brothers in Christ and strengthen them. Do you know what to say to a man who says he has tried to be satisfied by God and it just hasn’t worked? What about the man who says he has begged for God to either change his design or change his heart, anything just to not be pulled in two directions every moment of his life? Perhaps this blog will equip you to be able to give a Gospel-powered answer to these men.
What are some other reasons the church could benefit from a dedicated online community talking about God’s design for sex?
Based on what you’ve seen on here so far, what expectations do you have for this blog? What are you looking forward to getting from it?