Week 32, Day 2
August 9, 2022
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6
“Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.” (1 Corinthians 6:15–17)
Will we have ears to hear what Paul is teaching the church here? We are a unified people in the body of Christ. We are not the radically independent-of-one-another people that we think we are. We are a body, united in Christ. For Paul, our sexual promiscuity takes the whole body with us into our sin and unites us together. Just as God teaches us that in the marital act, “two become one flesh” so we are joined together in sexual sin in the church body. One goes, we all go.
This message ought to provide a strong word of caution to us as we think about the rampant sexual immorality that pervades our culture and infiltrates into our lives. In an age where sexual exploration is celebrated, we are called to faithfulness in both our covenant with God and with our spouses.
There is grace upon grace for our failures in this. We need, as always, a balance of grace and truth. There is forgiveness for our failures. But we need this truth to guide us. Sin, particularly sexual sin, hurts the church so much. We don’t have to go far to see how sexual sin wreaks havoc on churches. The sexual sin of pastors is particularly disturbing and harmful to the whole church and greater community.
May we all live to a higher standard of conduct, to honor God, love our spouses and seek to glorify God in all that we do.
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.