Word: When we agree with the Scriptures, it seems easy to celebrate with the Psalmist, “I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil” . We frequently return to our favorite promises—that nothing can separate us from God’s love  or that He has plans to give us a hope and a future . When the Bible says hard or unpopular things, however, do we equally rejoice at His word? Can we honestly say that it is “good news” in all parts?
Sexuality: On Saturday, Professor Dale Kuehne, author of Sex and the iWorld, spoke at Trinity Grace Church about sexuality in the modern age. He said that he once debated Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest in the Episcopal Church, about same-sex marriage. At the outset of the debate, Kuehne said that he did not think the Bible supported same-sex marriage. Robinson agreed, but then shifted the conversation. He said that the Bible was not about science and history, but about love and grace. For the next ninety minutes, said Kuehne, everyone wanted to know why he was such a bigot. “What went wrong?” he wondered. Upon reflection, Kuehne realized, “I did not have the language to explain to the world what I believe to be true—that the Christian teaching about sexuality is good news” .
Spoil: The Christian teaching on sexuality is an extremely controversial topic today. Instead of rejoicing in it as “one who finds great spoil”, our culture mocks it as backwards and rejects it as judgmental. How are we, as Christians, approaching it? Are we embarrassed by it? Do we primarily talk about it as “moral law”, not “good news”? Is our rejoicing in it primarily a rejoicing in our own righteousness or a rejoicing in God’s gracious love that shows us how to live in full relational flourishing with Him and others?
Prayer: Lord, Your law is perfect, reviving the soul. Yet we confess that we sometimes struggle to see all parts of your law as good news. When it comes to your teaching on sexuality, for example, some of us feel embarrassed by it and others of us feel righteous about it. Show us how to engage our culture in life-giving conversations about difficult topics like sexuality. May we rejoice at your word, even when it is hard or unpopular, like one who finds great spoil. Amen.
Note: Unfortunately, our limit of 400 words renders our ability to deal fully with this subject inadequate. If you’re interested in learning more about why the biblical teaching on sexuality is good news, check out Sex and the iWorld. Also, you can read a fuller debrief of the event at bethanyjenkins.com.
 Psalm 119:162 ESV |  Romans 8:39 ESV |  Jeremiah 29:11