A Moody Publishers initiative:
The month of February hasn’t been about romance; it has been about sex. Fifty Shades of Grey has dominated headlines in both Christian and secular media. Many pastors and Christian leaders have been shocked to learn that Christian women are just as likely to be engaged in Fifty Shades as women of no faith. What does this tell us about Christian women?
For starters, Christian women are sexual. This may seem like an obvious statement, but it is one that has been largely ignored by the church. Women have sexual desires, longings, temptations, and wounds that are often concealed underneath a Sunday school smile. I believe many are flocking to Fifty Shades because it seems to validate their sexuality.
This movement also shows us that Christian women are very confused. My job at Authentic Intimacy is to teach women about God’s design for sex. Everywhere I go, I get heartfelt and pain-filled questions about porn, sexual abuse, homosexuality, lack of sexual desire, cohabitation, and what’s ok in the bedroom. In their confusion, women are very easily deceived by the latest counterfeit.
Paul told Timothy that in the end days, women would be easily “swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth” (2 Tim. 3:7). Many women who love God have no practical theology of sex. Even if they make good decisions for themselves, they cannot articulate the “why” to their children and friends.
The Lordship of Christ means that He is Lord in every area of life, even the most intimate. Therefore, we are committed to discipling women in their sexuality. Why? So that “the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in faith and in the knowledge of God and become mature” (Eph. 4:12-13). Will you join us?
Help women in your ministry discover God’s true design for sexuality. For the rest of this month Trade Your Shades!