Russell Moore on the Christian Sexual Ethic

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In this video, Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Council member for The Gospel Coalition, explains how the roots of the Christian sexual ethic extend back to Creation and result in subconscious longings for what the Bible tells us is right and good.

The Scripture’s sexual ethic is good for the world because God created the universe to reflect to the union of Christ in His church. So, the Christian sexual ethic isn’t just a good way for Christians to live. This is the way God designed the creation itself, and it’s one of the reasons why deviations from a creational biblical sexuality lead to such despair. And it’s also the reason why I’m not panicked when I look around at sexual immorality and sexual brokenness around us.

Sexual immorality and brokenness has existed in every era since the Fall. And these sexual revolutions always promise big, but they never deliver on their promises. People are ultimately longing for something more than just using the body as a vehicle for pleasure or for momentary connection and disconnection. God designed us to long for a one-flesh union that can only take place within a covenant union between a man and a woman.

One of the things we need to do is to try to identify the ways that our neighbors, even those who disagree with us, really do in many ways want these very things. If they’re not paying attention to what they’re saying, they deeply desire the very things that the Bible teaches. And so often I will talk with a unbeliever who may disagree with me completely on sexuality issues, but who is hurt for instance after an infidelity. I may just ask, “Why is infidelity so hurtful?” Everyone can recognize that. There’s something about faithfulness that is good and right. That’s because they’re created in the image of God. They’re created to long for that.