An Uncommon Gift…

Posted By on September 15, 2010

Last night, we met together at church for our twice-a-month Titus 2 ladies class. In our discussion, ladies talked about the way chastity (or the lack thereof) affects marriage; both, our own, and society’s view of it.

What is the meaning of profane? – to treat (something sacred) with irreverence – to debase by a wrong, unworthy, or vulgar use (vulgar means common or ordinary)

The beautiful gift of sexuality is profaned when we treat it as vulgar (common or ordinary). Sexual intimacy is not meant to be common or ordinary, and we as Christians are not to take part in the wrong use of it. Our restraint should not be viewed as contempt or repression, but as honoring the marriage bed. “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” (Hebrews 13:4) The breathtaking gift of sexual intimacy is profaned by public nakedness, promiscuity, and perversion.

Saying that those who pursue modesty are “uncomfortable with their bodies” or “ashamed of their sexuality” is comparable to saying that I am uncomfortable with my expensive silverware because I refuse to use it to feed the pet mouse with. Just as my valuable silver is too precious to put to common use, so the treasure of the human body should be too valuable to use in any but the appropriate context. C. S. Lewis observed that “when a thing is enclosed, the mind does not willingly regard it as common.”  Thanks to the Enlightenment, sexuality has come to be common.  No wonder we don’t see the need for it to be enclosed any more. – Robin Phillips



About The Author

Stacy is the wife of Pastor James McDonald of Providence Church and Family Reformation Ministries. She is the mother of ten precious blessings, and the grandma of 3 1/2 treasured cuddle bugs, so far! Surely, she is and does other things, but these are the most significant to her. Stacy is also a conference speaker, the author of Raising Maidens of Virtue, and co-author of the popular book, Passionate Housewives Desperate for God.

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2 Responses to “An Uncommon Gift…”

  1. Janet says:

    I agree.
    I just started a Titus 2 class for little girls ages 3-10 yrs. and their moms once a month in my home. Our first character lesson from the bible was on Modesty. We discussed what that word meant and why we try to be modest in everything from the way we behave, think and dress to the way we talk and what we listen to or watch.

    We are also learning homemaking skills in our classes, this month we are learning to hand sew stitches, threading a needle and tying a knot in the thread. The reason? A godly woman makes coverings for herself and her family. Gotta start somewhere and the younger the better.

    Thank you for sharing so much with us. I need mentoring too.

    Blessings, Janet W.

  2. This is a wonderful and insightful post. I have learned so much from this website since I first discovered it a few months ago. Homemaking and modesty are truly being attacked today and I’m so glad there are havens such as this where we- as women in battle- can come and be revitalized and united with others who are fighting the same battle. Thanks so much! ~h. rae

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