Tuesday, June 4, 2013

S*x in the Sanctuary

We attend a family-integrated church. That means our children attend the service with us. There is no children's church or activities during the service. The whole family attends and has the same worship and the same sermon.

Our pastor is an expository teacher. He teaches straight through passages of Scripture instead of topics. Which means whatever the next portion of Scripture is talking about, that is what pastor will preach on.

That's why you know it's only a matter of time before you get s*x in the sanctuary.

I've actually seen it happen right in front of me. Pastor mentions the subject in the course of preaching. 

First, the child looks to mom and whispers, "What is s*x?" 
Birds and BeesMom says, "Huh?"
The child asks again.
Mom: "Ask your father."
The child asks the father.
Dad: "Huh?"
The child asks again.
Dad: whisper whisper whisper
Child: "Huh?"
Dad: "We'll talk about it later."

Me sitting behind them: Trying not to laugh out loud.

I should have known my turn was coming.

This past Sunday Pastor was in Luke 16...the "can't serve God and money" passage. He made a valid point that historically, two of the ways you can tell the difference between believers and the society/culture in which they live is how they use their money and how they practice sexual purity.

HummingbirdThankfully, my s*x question waited until we got home.

We were watching an episode of Nature about hummingbirds. (Did you know they ate bugs?) 

Mija: "What is s*x?"
Me: "Huh?"
Mija: "What is s*x?"
Me: (quick prayer) "Remember I mentioned that there was a special way God made for a husband and wife to be together? That can be called s*x."
Mija: "Oh, okay."

That was it.

But it gave me a few things about which to be thankful:

  • I'm thankful that she feels she can come to me with questions.
  • I'm thankful that we have slowly laid a foundation of God's design for our bodies and our marriage. It's not just a big, surprise talk that will happen, but bits of everyday life built on each other.
  • I'm thankful that we attend a church that reinforces what we are teaching at home.
  • I'm thankful that she hears about it in church instead of the playground.
So, there you have it. S*x in the sanctuary, which is one of the places it should be!

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