Sex & the Soul

In light of the issue of “Soul Detox” we come to a subject in the account of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife in Genesis 39 that can be labeled as “extremely hazardous” or “highly toxic” or more aptly “highly flammable”. Some have known the temptation of being alone with a person of the opposite sex. There is almost a sense of fire, of being in the “heat of the moment”. Furthermore, some have toyed with this fire and got burnt, evidenced not by physical scars, but scars of the heart. From a guy’s point of view, the general consensus seems to be an embrace of the fire. Most guys I know of seem to welcome the opportunity to be in the “heat of the moment” with a girl, even more so if they find her very attractive. For some reason or other, I have been disposed to assume that girls are not as welcoming of this fire. However, in my discussions with some girls on this issue, my assumptions have been erased and shown as being erroneous. Regardless of one’s stance on the issue of fornication, I believe we can all agree that it is indeed a powerful force. It’s got an almost commanding pull, a compelling ability to grab our attentions and fix our eyes on an object of lust. The business world recognizes this influential power of sex so much that they use it in advertisements of products that have nothing to do whatsoever with sex. It can produce an hypnotic effect, at times taking possession of a man’s whole being and directing him to travel miles just to satisfy a craving. I’ve seen sex take possession of entire societies — university campuses where girls proudly wear revealing clothes, boastfully expressing lewd behaviors and guys emptying their wallets in hopes of “catching a body”. Now one particular argument I have heard in favor of fornication is that just as humans have a need to satisfy a hunger for food, so too must they satisfy their needs for sex. If sex is a mere appetite, then how come our other appetites, like our appetite for food, do not exalt themselves as “gods” controlling our lives. I can’t think of an instance where a man ever traveled across the country just to satisfy a craving for food. Put it yet another way, if sex is only an appetite or a need to be satisfied like all our other needs, why the big deal made of it in our society. I mean we don’t see strip teases of food, and if we did we should conclude that there is something very wrong. And there is something wrong, something very wrong with our overly obsession and worship of sex. Just think of the destruction brought about in our society all in the name of sex. The sex trade, porn addicts, prostitution, rape, etc. Sex like a fire spreads and consumes, and our society is decaying under its destructive force. I hope no one will think that I am trying to show that sex is evil. I am only saying that we ought to recognize that it is more than just a mere appetite. It is a powerful force that can be used for evil or good. God invented sex and stamped it “very good”. Sex is the culmination of intimacy between a married couple. That was its intended design, and it is our society’s misuse of it that has brought about the desolation we now see. If we can grasp and understand the powerful force of sex, we will be doing ourselves a favor to follow the example of Joseph and to “flee youthful lust”. As society is a reflection of the individual, so too can the misuse of sex in an individual person’s life wreak havoc, and consume one’s very soul.


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