Gideon and the Domino Effect
While working on this website I faithfully and fervently sought the Lord for inspiration, and direction. Was this just my idea, born of a desire to justify my own pleasures and passions, or was it an assignment from God? And if my doing it was a divine appointment, how best could it be done? These questions became even more urgent the closer I came to completion. To publish or not to publish was the question that dominated my days and troubled my nights. And I asked some of my trusted correspondents to pray for me as well.
Then I came across the following video. When I saw it everything within me shouted “YES!” Yes, that is what I want to do. I want to be one small voice that will start a domino effect ultimately having a powerful influence for godly sexual freedom in the lives of God’s elect.
With that very much in mind I then opened my Bible for a time of reading and prayer. It just so happened that my Scripture reading for the day was from Judges 7. I was very inspired by the history of Gideon and His 300 Warriors who were used of God to defeat the Midianites. Year after year these marauding invaders would sweep into the land to rob the Israelites of what was rightfully theirs. Gideon was not much, but God can use very little to accomplish great purposes.
Before the day of battle Gideon and his servant Purah snuck down into the enemy’s camp and heard one of the Midianites say
“Behold, I had a dream; a loaf of barley bread was tumbling into the camp of Midian, and it came to the tent and struck it so that it fell, and turned it upside down so that the tent lay flat.” His friend replied, “This is nothing less than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; God has given Midian and all the camp into his hand.”
Barley was the most common of grains. Not much to work with really; one common man from a minor tribe, a few warriors, a clay jar and a torch . . . and God. I immediately saw a connection between the powerful domino effect and the barley loaf turning the tent upside down.
Time for a Revolution
Before God I want to effect
a radical change in the way
men look at their sexuality,
at masturbation, and at
nudity and erotica.
This is just one small website (well, three if you count the other two: Christians Enjoying Nudity and Erotica, and Christians and Solo Sex), and I am just one small rather common man with a computer and 26 letters. Both these websites and I are inconsequential in the overall scheme of things - just a simple loaf of barley bread, or one tiny domino tile. But before God I want to effect a radical change in the way men look at their sexuality, at masturbation, and at nudity and erotica. It is time for a revolution, and uprising.
Over and over again the forces of the enemy, like Midianites, have attacked the godly with false teaching, erroneous ideas about holy living, and about how men should relate to women. We have been robbed of our masculinity and our God given gift of sexuality. Sex is important to men (and women) and how we feel about our natural sexuality is foundation to how we are in this world as men.
The time has come for the degradation to stop, for the lies to be silenced, and for men and women to enjoy the liberty for which Christ died. I hold the following to be true.
- Our sexuality is not a curse; it is a wonderful blessing.
- Masturbation is not sin; it is a gift from God, meant for our pleasure, comfort, and joy. Masturbation is solely for our personal benefit. It is not meant for procreation, or to strengthen our bonds with our spouse. It is just for our pleasure, relaxation, and a general overall feeling of wellbeing. And it is a powerful affirmation of our personhood, and our masculinity. Some condemn it on all those points calling it selfish and narcissistic. Their understanding of the goodness of God in creation is limited. Not all sexual pleasure has to be shared; it can simply be personal.
- A woman’s beauty and her gentle curves is not our great enemy. They are a joy to behold, and when married, a delight to touch. We need not fear nor repent of our appreciation of the female beauty around us. We can look, enjoy the view, and look again and enjoy it some more. This is not sinful. It is not lust, even when it stirs desire. God created women beautiful and gave men a desire to look and savor that beauty.
- Nudity is not shameful; it is a thing of beauty the appreciation of which not only glorifies God but the enjoyment of which can bring us further into His Presence. We can see the glory of God in the face and form of our fellow human being, both men and women. Just as an artist’s creation stirs the passions, speaks volumes to our humanity, and reveals the heart of the artist, so the naked form of a woman stirs our passions, even sexual ones, and reveals much about who we are. But most importantly it reveals the glorious heart of our great God. Only a beautiful heart could create such splendor.
- The sin of lust is not what we have been led to believe. The church has taught that lust is “every man’s problem” but very few Christian men actually have a problem with lust, or struggle with it in any way. Lust involves intent to commit sexual sin, and few men who enjoy the female form want to commit fornication or adultery with the woman whose beauty they see.
- Erotica, the intentional depiction of sexual activity, is not only wonderful but glorifies God. It cannot be sinful, as so many would maintain, because in the Song of Solomon the Bible contains one of the most erotic books of all time. This is the splendor of human marital sexuality, on display for all to see and savor. On this site I merely show what the Scriptures describe.
Each of these truths is soundly opposed by many in the church today. I want to see the false ideas of opposition fall, one domino at a time.
I saw the video and read the text on a Saturday. With all of this in mind I went to church on Sunday and I confess I prayed and said, “Lord, it sure would be nice if there was some reference during the service to these things I believe you are saying to me.” I listened very intently to the first reading from Isaiah 9:1 - 4. It talked very clearly about people in bondage coming into freedom, those in darkness seeing a blazing light. It talked about great joy and dividing the spoils of victory. And it concluded by saying,
For the yoke that weighed on it, the bar across its shoulders, the rod of its oppressor, these you have broken as on the day of Midian. Isaiah 9:4
You will enlarge the nation of Israel, and its people will rejoice. They will rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest and like warriors dividing the plunder. For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders. You will break the oppressor’s rod, just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian. Isaiah 9:3-4 NLT
I confess I could hardly believe what I was hearing. This was talking about men and women coming into freedom and enjoying the spoils of victory, with a direct reference to the “day of Midian,” which every commentator I consulted said referred to Gideon battle and victory.
I fully acknowledge the unusual nature of what I am saying and sharing on this website. But it just may be that doing so is a call from God after all!
Feedback welcomed and appreciated.
Christians, Nudity and Erotica
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.