Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 30, 2006
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 30, 2006
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Lusty eyes and straying hearts
"But I say to you that every man who looks at a woman
lustfully has already committed adultery with her in
I find myself reflecting that it is easy to become
obsessed with the details of sexually explicit acts.
It makes news. Sex is powerful. But more importantly,
how do we integrate our sexuality with our spirituality
in a way that honors our body and spirit, and our God?
According to Jesus, I am guilty of adultery. I have
eyes that look at the world around me. I live in a
twenty-first century American culture that is sexually
sophisticated and lust saturated. I also live in a
world full of lonely people, hungry to be loved and
to love fully in return. John Milton is said to have
written, "Loneliness was the first thing that God's eye
named not good." Over the years, as a chaplain and
minister, I have had many people come to see me as
they agonized through extramarital relationships.
People of all sexual orientations are deeply affected
by adultery. Adultery is a spiritual concern.
Adultery was actually a popular global topic of
discussion as we closed the twentieth century with
the infamous Starr Report. This Internet document
gave the world instant information on the alleged
sexual practices between President Bill Clinton and
Monica Lewinsky. An entire generation of small
children began asking parents many questions about
adultery and oral sex.
Jesus has a number of difficult teachings. This is
one of them. If we harbor lusty eyes, we have
straying hearts. Jesus cuts to the heart of the
matter. Our inner sexual thoughts and practices
affect our life with God.
Read the other verses (Matthew 5:27-30) around this
difficult teaching. Jesus continues his teaching by
saying that if some part of your body causes you to
sin, cut it off and throw it away. Please realize
this is a figurative and not a literal saying. We
are not called to self-mutilate our body parts or
blind ourselves. We can cut out enticements that
could lead us into adultery. On the Internet,
pornography proliferates and comes to our e-mail
boxes. Links can lead us into steamy cyber alleys
of spiritual danger. In both virtual reality and
in our daily lives with others, we are called to be
pure of heart. It is the Jesus way.
God, help us in our life today with this hard saying
of Jesus. Help us to learn from it. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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