Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sex & the Supremacy of Christ

Timmy Brister posted on his blog an article about the Sex and the Supremacy of Christ conference sponsored by Desiring God a couple years ago. Amanda and I went to this conference with some fellow church members. It was a good conference. John Piper's messages helped put sex in a Christ-centered perspective. Brister quotes a profound Piper comment.

"Knowing the supremacy of Christ enlarges the soul so that sex and its little thrills become as small as they really are. Little souls make little lusts have great power. The soul, as it were, expands to encompass the magnitude of its treasure. The human soul was made to see and savor the supremacy of Christ. Nothing else is big enough to enlarge the soul as God intended and make little lusts lose their power. . . . My conviction is that one of the main reasons the world and the church are awash in lust and pornography (by men and women—30% of internet pornography is now viewed by women) is that our lives are intellectually and emotionally disconnected from infinite, soul-staggering grandeur for which we were made. Inside and outside the church western culture is drowning in a sea of triviality, pettiness, banality, and silliness. Television is trivial. Radio is trivial. Conversation is trivial. Education is trivial. Christian books are trivial. Worship styles are trivial. It is inevitable that the human heart, which was made to be staggered with the supremacy of Christ, but instead is drowning in a sea of banal entertainment, will reach for the best natural buzz that life can give: sex. The deepest cure is to be intellectually and emotionally staggered by the infinite, everlasting, unchanging supremacy of Christ in all things. This is what it means to know him. Christ has purchased this gift for us at the cost of his life."
This is fascinating insight. I am glad that Brister posted it. May we all strive to see the majesty and beauty of Christ so that sex, though very good, isn't the sun around which we orbit our lives. Only when Christ is seen as more satisfying than sex will sex not compete with Christ for our affections, but be used as one small part of our worship of the God who created it.

The audio from this conference for part one is here. The audio for part two is here.

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