Sexual Brokenness in Our Culture

A few days ago I attended a conference featuring a panel discussion among Dr. Ben Mitchell, Dr. Wesley Hill, Dr. Dan Beals, and Dr. William Hamel.  The subject was bringing the gospel to bear on sexual brokenness in our culture.  Here were some of the notes I took on this practical subject:

“Lead with what we are FOR, not what we are AGAINST.  We now live in a predominantly secular culture, and we should bring the themes of the gospel to real life situations.  People are broken but God offers forgiveness, restoration, and redemption.  The gospel restores relationships and families.  Assume the best of people you interact with, don’t vilify other people.  Build genuine friendships; don’t be impersonal.  The gospel is more than a type of information that may be communicated in, say, a car manual.  Rather the gospel is a true, coherent story that makes sense of life.  It contains a vision for human flourishing.  We must hear its commands against sexual immorality in this context.  In too many cases we have become insular and parochial, even marginalized in our culture.  We should associate with all kinds of people.  Paul says in 1 Cor 6:9-11, ‘do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you….’  This passage reminds us that at least some of us were numbered among these people, and yet we were washed and sanctified by Christ and His Spirit.  Jesus was a friend of sinners, and so should we be!”