TOP5 Things Sex has in common with the Summer Olympics
But before you start judging me…
“O dat MJ. Wazzup wit hem? He always thinkin’ ev thang b lyk sex!”
That would be Brazil’s health ministry, at the direction of the International Olympic Committee. So clearly, I’m not the only one who sees the connection between the two.
However, I wrote this post hoping to encourage athletes and non-athletes alike to use self control instead of birth control.
So! On your mark. Get set. GO!
The leaps and spins and flips and twists. Am I alone in believing no other competition in any Olympiad comes close to magnifying how fearfully and wonderfully God made the human body?
Iron cross on the rings? Back handspring on the balance beam? Quadruple roundhouse flip? (I might have made that last one up, but seriously, how do they do it?) I can’t even stick a somersault.
In all sincerity, sex requires a bit of physical gymnastics as well. However, unlike gymnastics, sex was never meant to be treated like an athletic event for us to watch, enjoy and judge. Instead, a sexual relationship is so wonderful, so fantastic, yet so intimate, it is a perversion to observe it.
Indeed, I suggest this reality explains why Christian virgins can feel so dirty on their wedding night. Many fault the church’s condemnation of premarital sex for the difficulty they find in enjoying marital sex. But what if the source of their shame and frustration isn’t the church’s teaching, but that in spite of this teaching, they exposed themselves to countless sexually explicit images and ideas anyway.
In case you didn’t know, boxing is the fifth oldest Olympic sport.
Boxers may not be the most popular Olympic athletes competing in Rio this Summer, but they are a popular underwear option for men and sleepwear option for the ladies.
But let’s keep our underwear under our clothing, shall we? That includes you Mr. Pantsontheground.
Isn’t sprinting for 110 meters hard enough? Why you gotta add hurdles every nine meters.
Heck, why stop there? Why not top the hurdles with razor wire? And then light them on fire? Make those Tough Mudder events look like elementary school recess.
Sex also has hurdles you have to jump over if you want to get it. At the very least you probably want to get alone. That’s one hurdle. You might prefer to actually know the person first. There’s another one. Maybe you’d like to know them well. And respect and trust them. More hurdles.
In God’s design, the big hurdle to a happy sex life is a life-long commitment.
Of course, in our current culture of compulsory convenience, hurdles are seen as a bad thing. But, in the Olympics, they make the race more interesting and the prize more meaningful.
What if God meant the marriage commitment to do the same thing for sex?
Arguably the most popular of the Summer Olympic events, what’s swimming without the freestyle competition?
Sex was also made to be enjoyed freestyle. Free of pressure, free of guilt, free of performance anxiety, shame, fear or regret. That’s what naked and unashamed is supposed to be about.
But how can an act of such intimate vulnerability be enjoyed freely outside of a committed relationship of love, trust and innocence?
I mean, of course sex can be enjoyed outside the marriage commitment. (Which explains why they’ll be passing out all those condoms at the Olympics.) But it can’t be enjoyed freely outside the marriage commitment. (Which also explains the condoms.)
Furthermore, how can you and your partner, create your own freestyle of sexual expression, when you’re too busy trying to copy the moves, positions and behaviors you’ve observed performers act out on camera or brag about in song.
Is that how you want to spend the first decade of your married life? Then watch the Olympics, but watch what you watch when it comes to sexually arousing media that corrupts the private wonder of sexuality.
I can’t even imagine making the climb to the 10M platform, much less walking to the edge and then, beginning with a handstand (something I can’t even do on the ground), executing five flips, two and a half twists, a somersault and the cha-cha slide on the way down.
But what if I did manage to mount the platform and walk to the edge, only to change my mind? Climbing back down would definitely be the right choice for me, but diving board ladders are only meant to be climbed up.
You see, sex was made to be dived into. The sexual experience was created by God to be one of…
Leading to increasing arousal…
Leading to wild abandonment…
Which resolves in a blissful climax followed by a peaceful easy feeling of pure joy.
Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
But sex is also dangerous. And the risk inherent in such a vulnerable act of intimacy is why God made sexual intercourse for the lifetime covenant of marriage.
You simply shouldn’t take a flying leap from 33 feet unless you know what you’re doing.
But that’s essentially what you do when you jump in the sack with someone who’s not committed to you for life.
Be wise! Until you’re ready to take the leap into marriage, I urge you to stay off the ladder.
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