“God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…’” Genesis 1:28a
The sexual revolution of the 1960’s caught Christians off guard. Music and movies began expressing new attitudes, promoting sex as just a physical act of pleasure. Confining sex to marriage was suddenly viewed as restrictive, and the new mantra became “free love.” Most churches only addressed the subject in a prohibitive way. As a result, God was perceived as a killjoy. So, fifty years later we’re left with an important question. Is God anti-sex? To find the answer, we need to understand the purposes of sexuality.
First, God told Adam and Eve to have children, “Be fruitful and multiply...” He biologically designed them with sexuality and told them to express it with each other. Even though children aren’t always the result, continuing the human race is one of the main reasons God created sex.
Then, in Genesis 2:24 we’re told, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” Sex unites a man and a woman physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Expressing our sexuality is designed as a way for a husband and wife to show affection and commitment to one another. In that context, sex promotes marital unity.
Finally, Proverbs 5:18-19 says, “Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth. As a loving hind and a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times; be exhilarated always with her love.” Not only does God promote sex; He says it’s meant to be enjoyable. Of course, seeking pleasure was at the core of the sexual revolution, but God-given sexuality is sacred. As such, it is designed to be enjoyed within the covenant relationship of marriage.
So, no, God is not anti-sex. He created sex to have both practical and pleasurable purposes. Talking about it is not only okay, it’s necessary. Rather than just cursing the darkness, Christians need to share the light of truth. And the truth is, sex was God’s idea. He is glorified when we honor His plan by recognizing the sacred nature of sexuality.