by Dr. Juli Slattery
Is it wrong to live together before marriage? Does gender really matter? Is it wrong to support gay marriage?
These are the types of questions that we often get asked at Authentic Intimacy. Perhaps more than ever, many Christians are confused about right and wrong. In the past 10 years, our moral convictions about sexuality—among other things—have eroded into relativism. Not because of any new scientific or theological findings, but simply because Christians have changed the way we approach moral questions. Being politically and socially correct has become far more important than holiness. A superficial approach to Christianity cannot stand up to the challenges of a secular culture.
In the book of Hebrews, we find a clue that helps us understand why Christians find themselves in a quandary about right and wrong and why many have decided to “deconstruct” from faith in God. The author writes about the need for Christians to grow up; to mature to the point that they can digest the “solid food” of Scripture. Hebrews 5:14 says, “Solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”
It is no surprise that our moral confusion today coincides with the absence of biblical teaching. The average American church is more likely to teach Christian self-help than to proclaim God’s Word.
Until God revives our hunger for His Word and His Spirit, we are likely to slide further and further into moral confusion. How do we combat this? Ask yourself: How grown-up is your appetite for biblical truth? Is a nibble of a devotional enough to satisfy you, or are you hungry to study and fully digest the mysteries of the God revealed in the Bible?
May we say with the Psalmist in chapter 119: “My soul is consumed with longing for your Word at all times. I run to the path of your commands for you have set me free.”
To learn more, check out these additional resources: Why I Care About Your Sex Life; God Says Not to Judge, Right? ; Dr. Juli Slattery's newest book, Rethinking Sexuality; Java with Juli episode #141: Why it Matters to Me When I See You Do Wrong (episode exclusive to Authentic Intimacy members)