Sunday, May 27, 2018

SUNDAY TIP: ARE YOU THE LOST COIN?

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I am about ready to declare a moratorium on the clobber verses. I have written long explanations of Romans 1 and Genesis 19, right here on English Manif! But I am ready to branch out to other parts of the Bible, which I think speak beautifully to the need for heterosexuality. The verses about how awful homosexuality is might not make much difference for readers here. If you've had gay sex you know how bad it is; your own revulsion and discomfort over the whole affair suffices, in most cases, to make you see that God did not design you for homosexuality.

But the Bible defends heterosexuality in a million hidden ways and that is a good focus. Let me summarize below the parable of the lost coin in Luke 15:8. See here:


What woman who has 10 silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she finds it, she calls her women friends and neighbors together, saying 'Rejoice with me, because I have found the silver coin I lost!' I tell you, in the same way, there is joy in the presence of God's angels over one sinner who repents.

In this parable and in many others, monetary values work to convey Jesus's point about the dearness of people to God. These uses of money in metaphor do not seek, as far as I can tell, to make salvation the equivalent of a financial exchange. Instead Jesus uses monetary values in some parables to show us hard-headed Christians how His divine economy works, in terms we can understand. Hence, the parable of the talents emphasizes that the bad servant is the one who buried his talent in the ground and did not invest it to make its value multiply for God.

On this blog I have sought, in certain posts, to demonstrate that God wants us to make love to a woman. Not many women for one man. But for each man God gives manhood and life, there is a woman in whom God wants us to invest our urges, our manly sex drive, our skill at giving females pleasure and happiness. His ways are not our ways, so we cannot claim to understand fully why this brings joy to God, but it is clear that when we court a woman, take care of her, and make love to her, God delights in seeing what we have done. Even if a couple is infertile, I believe God and the angels rejoice when a man and wife make love. God took great care to design our bodies so that such a moment could be possible.

In the parable of the woman and the lost coin, you must think of the coin that has gone missing inside her house as something that contains preciousness, but which is not living up to its value. With the exception of rare cases of men whom God gave the ability not to feel sexual urges (the "eunuchs" described in Matthew 19), God gave each male a male body, which included in it the drive to express himself sexually, to show love through sex, and to bring happiness to a woman. There are forms of delight that women cannot experience without a man.

Think of the smile that lights up your face when you are at a wedding. Call me silly, but whenever a young man tells me he is going to be married, I feel like shouting for joy, even if it is only vicarious. This is because I know how much it changes a man and pleases God, when a man has his other half and will have a lifetime of nights to make her happy, always learning better ways to please her. And in pleasing her, of course, he changes and feels his own satisfaction too.

So a man who is not directing his God-given urges toward the enjoyments God designed him for is somewhat like a lost coin. His value and dearness are still there, but we have to rescue the coin from its lost state. 

I think gays are in many ways the example of the lost coin. They are a small part of the male population, but God loves them nonetheless. God does not want us to leave them hidden in the dust where their sexuality is rotting and coming to no good. Somewhere there is a woman for each of these coins. I suppose we are the housewife in this parable, and we have our bag full of coins -- the guys we have seen living up to their potential. But in the messy house full of clutter, garbage, dust, and knick-knacks, there is that one little coin that needs to be found, dusted off, and brought back into the body of Christ.

When you are gay, your sexuality is failing God. The passions and urges and drives that keep you doing this--they have the potential to become good feelings, sensations that God created. But they only have value if they are circulating in the economy that God created. Your passions have to serve the happiness of a woman. Remember God's instructions to Eve: "Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you." This does not mean you get to be a tyrant. It means you are responsible for finding your Eve, because she desires you and only you can fulfill her desires.

So Luke's parable tells us we must light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until we find it.

If you are not the lost coin, then you should be part of the search party. "Light a lamp" means we have to chase away the darkness of corrupt ideology and bring truth and sense to a discussion about sex that has gone haywire.

To sweep the house means we have to resist and call out those who corrupt others. We have to fight the temptations and corruptions in the world around us, not only for ourselves, but so that they do not keep the lost coin hidden.


And then we have to search carefully. The lost coins are hidden throughout our cities and towns. I have English Manif and use that to do my own kind of careful searching. If each week we find just one lost coin, then in a year we will have brought 52 men into God's economy. If the Lord delights at one, how much more will he rejoice at 52 men setting out to find wives?