The Bible is really clear, Adam and Eve were naked and not ashamed. This has created a problem for the writers of the children’s picture books. How to be faithful to scripture yet have pictures of the Garden of Eden? So every picture of Adam and Eve has some tastefully placed bushes. Seriously, if there were nude pictures of Adam and Eve, I wouldn’t buy that children’s book no matter how good it was.
So, I am NOT advocating nudity in children’s (or adult’s) books. Far from it, we have enough problems with nudity in this culture to start with. Pro Tip: Do NOT google image Adam and Eve. I had no idea how much Eden porn there is out there.
But there is a message we could get from our children’s books that we should be aware of. We could come to believe that the naked human body is bad. The feeling that sex and nudity are of themselves dirty or evil.
When God made Adam and Eve, he made a good looking guy and a good looking girl and put them naked in a garden together. He then officiated a wedding between them. Do you think he was upset or irritated out when that they had great sex after that? Absolutely not! God is delighted in great sex. He invented it. Far from being anti-sex, he is more fond of it than you are. God wants you to have sex with your spouse often and for you to deeply enjoy it! I’ve even got a command for it.
The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. 1 Corinthians 7:3
Now guys, I know many of you just about got up to quick show your wife that verse. This is one of the coolest commands in the whole Bible. But calm down. If she is reluctant, it is likely because you aren’t loving her well. Figure out how you are trampling her and most women will respond very well to that. She is a sexual creature too. And guess what, the most likely way you are trampling her is with your stupid pornography addiction. I bet you are a lot less attractive when you are checking out other naked women all the time.
But I digress. God is such a fan of sex, He put the whole book of Song of Solomon in the Bible. I think he chuckles at us sometimes because he knows that if he didn’t put it in the Bible, we would condemn it as dangerous erotic literature. You want to see someone squirm, go ask your pastor to do a series on Song of Solomon. For the adventurous among us, Mark Driscoll did do a series called The Peasant Princess that I would highly recommend.
The problem is that we often don’t know quite what to do with sex, so we push it to the side and don’t talk about it. Like food and wind and trees and the sun, sex is a profound sources of joy. Part of the reason that we have such a serious pornography epidemic is because for decades the church’s message has been a a list of don’ts about sex. Don’t look at naked girls. Don’t have sex with her until your married. Don’t have sex with anyone else after your married. Don’t have sex with someone of the same gender.
All of these are true, but painfully incomplete. It’s like giving someone a delicious cheesecake with a large list of rules for how not to eat it. Don’t rub it on your ears. Eat it after the main course. Don’t throw it at the guy across from you. Don’t stick it up your nose. All of these are also true, but what really should have been written on the top of that list is, ENJOY THE CHEESECAKE!
So, I am going to now add a note to the top of the list of sexual rules. Ladies and gentlemen, REALLY ENJOY SEX! God made sex so very good and we should drink very deeply of that joy. Your wife has a great body for you to enjoy. Your husband has muscles for you to enjoy. God rejoices with us in sex. Thank God for a holy, sweet, and delightful way for married people to enjoy each other. He is more prosex than anyone you know. God loves sex and he filled the Bible with key instructions for how it is to be safely and deeply enjoyed!
Well, what are you waiting for? Go romance the husband or wife and get them into bed. Hurry!