We’re still in 1 Corinthians 6-7, so we are still talking about sex. On Sundays. In Church.
Awkward? Yup! And yet, this is what God says in his Word, and church is the place God says we need to talk about sex – together as a church family.
So this Sunday and next week in our Daily Worship Devotions, we’re considering 1 Corinthians 7:1-7 & 17 and what God has to say about sex and married Christian couples. God is pretty comprehensive about sex in Corinthians. Next week, we’ll consider a section that talks about sex and marriage with regard to singles, widows, and those married to people who are not Christians.
Corinth was a pretty messed up place sexually. One of the main reasons Corinth existed – and was thriving! – was that Corinth was where you went to worship the gods and have sex with Temple Prostitutes. Also, we need to remember that Christianity is new in Corinth. Sure, like everywhere in that part of the world, there had been a small Jewish presence and community in Corinth. Some of those Jews converted to Christianity, but the majority of converts to Christianity in Corinth (the majority of the members of the church in Corinth) did not grow up in “a Christian home.” Neither did they grow up in a context/country where thoughts and practices about marriage and sex had been heavily formed by Christianity.