Secular morality is replacing Christian morality in public life.
It is often said that the Christian church is ‘hung up’ on sex. The reality is that human beings are hung up on sex, whether they are Christian or not.
Fifty years ago, it was common to hear the disclaimer: Christians don’t have a monopoly on morality, implying that non-Christian morality was just as good if not better than Christian morality. I have yet to meet someone who thinks that Christians have a monopoly on morality. It was an aunt Sally, set up to undermine Christian standards.
In this manner, Christian morality was discounted as a standard for those in public life, and we regularly heard disclaimers that MPs and others should resign from their jobs on the principle that their private lives did not alter their capacity to do their day job. There was truth in this, which gave the argument force, but the argument against this was that one could not trust those who ‘cheated on their spouse’. This was plainly wrong, so it did not carry weight. There were other practical arguments, such as whether domestic problems do indeed interfere with a person’s capacity to perform optimally in their day job, but the point is that ‘the carry on as normal’ opinion prevailed.
However, now people are dismissed from their job if they have politically incorrect opinions. Secular morality is forcing its politically correct agenda to exclude Christians and others from particular jobs. It is not enough that they are able to do their job. Notice how unforgiving is secular morality, and how controlling it is. It controls thoughts and opinions and not simply behaviour, using powerful sanctions to beat people into submission.
The world is hung up on sex and it is time that Christian principles were brought to bear upon human relationships. We do not need a Christian variation of secular principles, too commonly applied in the Christian church, which have damaged the lives of many people, such as in the area of divorce, but we need an exposition and application of biblical principles of sexuality. There is not much exegetical study of the subject, although there are plenty of opinions expressed by Christians and non-Christians alike.
As human sexuality is so basic to human behaviour, biblical exegesis of the subject is long overdue. Repeating age-old mantras will not do it. We need biblical teaching that commends itself ‘to every man’s conscience in the sight of God’ 2Cor 4:2.
8 Jul 2013: evolution and the desire for sex at 33’8″: the cosmic authority problem.