Taming the Beast
What a day for all things sexual! I have mentioned in the past that I have had the great honor of being a facilitator in a group designed to walk with people going through the trauma we know as separation and divorce. During each of the 13 week cycles, we have a rather frank disussion of sexuality and sexual issues confronting people in this situation. Our discussions focus on moving to a better place in our lives in all of its many facets.
I can say with all honesty, no demonstrations have ever occurred. By this time I sure most people have seen the news reports about the live sex activities that occurred at Northwestern, a prestiguous university just north of Chicago (I will spare you all the details, you can read about it but it involved a live demonstration in front of the class, but what made me stop was the reactions about what happened.
In particular the professor defended his involvement and the activity as important eductional activities. “I certainly have no regrets concerning Northwestern students, who have demonstrated that they are open-minded grown-ups rather than fragile children,” Bailey told the Tribune. The professor was quoted further as stating he could not come up with a legitimate reason not to proceed, “My decision to say ‘yes’ reflected my inability to come up with a legitimate reason why students should not be able to watch such a demonstration.” Wow.
Now we contrast that with the actions of another prestiguous university, Brigham Young University in Utah. There a star basketball player – now remember this happened when we were on the edge of entering that time of the year known as March Madness, the college basketball equivalent to the Super Bowl – who was kicked off of the team for having premarital sex with his girlfriend in violation of university policy here. Once again the reaction was somewhat mixed.
While these incidents do not directly involve Christianity, it does present a great case of what the faith must confront in its mission in the world. Somehow we believe there is an order to things – we order things based on Jesus, and His story given to us in the Word. To lose that grip leads to the contrasts and circuses we see in these examples I think. In neither situation is there a real effort to tame the beast if you will. Rather on the one hand we are told there are no limits other than individual choice without limits other than the fluid social contract, and on the other, a rather stark slapdown. Neither make any sense.
What do you all think?
Be blessed and be a blessing.