Desiring Life

Where have you been? Where are you going? And why?

Sex XXX

Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God. -G.K. Chesterton

The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust in them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself, they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. -C.S. Lewis

This blog is really an experiment. An experiment about the heart and its longings. It was posted to satisfy my curiosity, but who knows what God might do with it in you. During the last month, two blogs were published on this site that contained these words in their title, “Playboy, Michelle Manhart, and Adult XXX.” It was astounding to me that that this humble little blog received such an incredible amount of views on those days. Desiring Life averages 5 views per day. On the “Playboy’s Michelle Manhart” day, I think it reached close to 267 views. There were no pictures. Only words in a title.

Immediately I thought of the G.K. Chesterton quotation above. “Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God.” The thought only comes into clearer focus with the help of C.S. Lewis. Our actions reveal our search for Life. Whether it be through eating, work, ministry, money, marriage, pornography, or sex.

I have become more and more convinced that Jesus really is the answer to every desire we have. If Christ is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15), and it is God who created beauty and fashioned us to be sustained on him, then we might do well to at least think about that. The claims Jesus makes about himself all reflect our desire. The woman at the well. The rich man asked to sell everything. The disciples. The blind man at the pool. All those parables about treasure and a pearl. But what about for the man searching the internet for sex and nudity, or for the woman posing on the XXX sites?

I find it fascinating in John 7:37-38 that Jesus waited until the end of this feast to say what he does. I imagine myself and my fraternity brothers in the days leading up to a football game and the all-night party to follow. Anticipation and excitement grew with each day. People around campus would talk about it. Guests lists would be filled out. The band would arrive and set up. The kegs were brought in. After the game, the fraternity house would slowly and steadily grow louder and louder. The girls would come, scantily dressed. It seems Jesus knew the best time to offer Life to people. He waits until the end of the party, when the realization that the promising satiating activities of the night before prove to be liars.

If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.

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One response to “Sex XXX

  1. Ted Ancelet February 3, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Hey Luke…wow, this was a great post.

    By the way…digging 24!

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