Sexuality on the Trend: The Coming Shiftiness of Sexual Activity

By Kerwin Holmes, Jr.

 

I recently read about Rowan Blanchard, the new Disney star of the show Girl Meets World.  Recently, Blanchard was in the airwaves for coming out on her Twitter page as “queer.”  Now, this decision didn’t surprise me given the weird essay Blanchard sent out trying to tie together support for Planned Parenthood, feminism, LGBT lobbying, and philanthropic concern for ethnic diversity.  (Does the young actress even know who Margaret Sanger was?  Does she even know what Margaret Sanger was?)

Rowan Blanchard tends to have opinions drawn from the liberal side of the bag (well, she does work for Disney), and I do tend to disagree with that side of the bag on the aforementioned subjects.  But, if nothing else, the fact that the Disney celebrity is behaving this way even while she is serving in the stereotypically innocent Disney role-model limelight instead of waiting until she “graduates” from the Disney screen like most of her predecessors (Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Hilary Duff, Raven-Symoné, Kiely Williams, Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus to name a few) should tell us something crucial.  The fact that Blanchard has come out as queer should also tell us something crucial.  And Blanchard’s motivational reasons for doing so should also tell us something crucial.  Those are 3 crucial things that this singular event should make us mindful of.  And I only refer to Blanchard here as a late or early example of what is to become a norm in our teenage and adolescent world for the future.

You see, when we begin to make it socially normative for individuals to heedlessly engage in things that they have a natural drive to do, then we must be prepared for the inevitable abuses of that privilege.  Humanity isn’t known for indulging in anything pleasurable in moderation.  This goes for food, where American abundance has opened the lid off of the cookie jar for record rates of obesity.  This goes for money, where interest rates are raised on American citizens in order to swell super banks and tax rates are raised in order to increase big government’s ability to aid those now lesser enriched Americans.  This also goes for sexuality, where the natural and good sexual nature of humanity is allowed to run rampant and morph into some very non-normative and evil forms.

Of course, I say “good” in the sense that human sexuality, in its essence, is quite right.  When the Creator made humanity male and female, that applied to the separation of gender according to sex: male and female.  And we cannot escape it no matter how hard we try.  Any LGBT identity has within itself the sexual binary of male and female in order to define itself.  It’s unavoidable, really.  Case in point.

This is probably (as in definitely) because sexuality wasn’t our idea in the first place.  So, any social theory that tries to make it our own idea just throws the gender binary reality back in our faces.  We are borrowing from Someone else’s idea and trying to make it something that it isn’t.  The inability to make the new definitions work shouldn’t surprise us, Genesis 1:26-27 and Genesis 5:2 let us know exactly what we need to know about essential sexuality and gender in our human experience.  And in normal circumstances, humans have generally grown and matured into becoming aware of this reality regardless of their access to Scripture.

Just as the late 20th century world learned through Hugh Hefner, so we learn again now: a society that begins to normalize a certain sexual behavior will soon begin to trivialize the sexual behavior in any and all of the forms that it manifests.  In the role of popular media, this is what teen role models do.  Teen “idols” normalize behaviors for younger generations to emulate.  Disney actors/actresses have filled that teen idol space in America for decades, which is why we shouldn’t be surprised at Rowan Blanchard’s otherwise early timing.  What she is doing is on the verge of normalization already.

Back to Hefner.  Hefner’s Playboy magazine was revolutionary in its profusion of pornographic images to paying audiences (and non-paying audiences, for the young children who stole magazines from their elders).  Playboy created a new society where it was all of a sudden natural and very mannish on a whole new level to engage in lustful ecstasy while consuming porn.  Lust has been around since sin came into the world, but thanks to Playboy it was mass-marketed for national and international commercial business in a normalizing fashion.  Before long, the magazine had infiltrated Hollywood where it is immortalized in the many coming-of-age movies from the 20th century.  Now, with the internet age that brings free access to commercial websites along with millions upon millions of pornographic entertainment services, Playboy magazine is losing money fast.  It simply cannot keep up with the competition in the global pornographic market that it created.  Because, at the end of the day, sexual drive is natural.  And at the end of the day, the best things in capitalism are free.  It doesn’t look like sexual drive is going out of style anytime soon.  And in economics, where demand is high, there will always be a supply…and those who supply more for less usually end up at the top.

But, even more today, abuse of that sex drive has become all the rage.  The industry that Hefner helped to foster literally became a world of its own– a drug world.  Pornography has all of the characteristics of a drug because it relies upon that natural sex drive as a stimulus; meaning that porn can become very addictive.  The full reasons behind this are really too much to explore here.  But the main thing that I want to point out is that through the rejection of the Creator, the promotion of naturalist evolutionary ontology, the normalization of sexual promiscuity in the public eye, and the sexual revolution trying to turn the tables on gender and heterosexual normalcy, the cultural effect will inevitably be what Paul describes in Romans 1:21-27.

And it all starts with us not honoring God.  It all starts with us not giving honor to the One in whom the idea of human sexuality originated in the very first place.  If you notice, Paul doesn’t describe in Romans 1:21-27 a person struggling with the innate proclivity towards non-normative, homosexual, or even transgender desires.  Although the moral law of God still prohibits such persons from acting upon these internal impulses (much like the Bible prohibits hotheads from blowing fuses: Proverbs 14:29, 15:18, 22:24, Colossians 3:8, and James 1:19-20) Paul here is referring to the total, inevitable depravity of a civilization that chooses to ignore God.

We cannot ignore God without ignoring His laws, and we cannot ignore God’s laws without ignoring God.

Because of this, even for persons who may not have any proclivity to sexually sin in a non-normative way, the desire to indulge becomes unrestrained every which way precisely because society has no solid basis to maintain the social fetters of stigma that come with sexual deviance.  It has been seen in Playboy‘s lifetime, and it will continue to be see in our own.  Blanchard is definitely being influenced by this philosophy in her environment, and thus her coming out as queer to the world.

So what am I really saying?  Well, given the usage of exceptionalism in describing the LGBT lifestyle (as I explained here) there will be more persons among the coming generations and even within current ones who will feel that it is an act of liberty and self-actualization to no longer abide in the heterosexual camp.  Now it will be alright, even exceptional and brave, to reside in any of the LGBT(Q) camps.  We even have this being advertised to us through subtle and emotionally persuasive blockbuster franchises, like the X-Men movies.

But monogamous heterosexuality will not be esteemed alongside any of the non-normative sexual behaviors.  This accounts for Blanchard’s motivational reasons for coming out as queer, according to her own admission.  There will also be an increase of persons who will deviate from one sexual identity to another; they will live in a sort of sexual flux that will become as commonplace as it was in Paul’s day.  The result will be more people who identify as LGBT or who choose to “not identify” according to any sexual label by instead identifying as queer, another sexual label.  Identifying as queer leaves the sexual doors open for individuals should they become bored in one room of the clubhouse and decide to try a change in scenery.  Such things are going to occur, indeed it is prophesied that they will.  And those of us in the Church must be willing and ready to face this wave of sexual laxity, from within and from without.  We must never forget that we too have the same sexual drive and sinful nature as anyone else.  We must never forget that, varying upon our individual differences, our drive is bent toward sin that we need to be personally vigilant of and communally responsible for.

This is why we should offer the world the only thing that we ourselves are willing to use: The Gospel of Messiah.  We must be willing to call out sin as it is, first within ourselves, our Church community, and then among our unbelieving neighbors.  Then, we must be Gospel-minded while we confront sin head on and engage in the Gospel message of reconciliation with the sinner (whether that sinner be ourselves or others).

This is what Jesus did, WDJD (What did Jesus do?).  Our role model should always be our Lord as He confronted the situation of sexual deviance in John 8:1-11.  We need always be careful to never become the hypocritical or abusive party, or Christ will deal with us first and He will do so according to the measure of our own judgments.  We also should be wary to not sin, or we risk the penalty for our sins; and once forgiven we should follow the Way of Messiah and sin no more.  All in all we should model our Savior: first seeing the truth of our fallen humanity within the situation, then being willing to confront the sin where it stands, and finally becoming able to show compassion, wisdom, and understanding to each individual.  We should not be willing to bend the moral law of God as the scribes and Pharisees did on that day.

At the same time, we don’t live in Ancient Israel and the destiny for the United States is different from the Messianic destiny for that nation.  We need to be willing to respect our nation’s laws of tolerance and civility while at the same time utilizing those very same laws of tolerance and civility to resist sinful behavior.  We are never to force people who disagree with us to abide by God’s standard in areas where our nation’s law does not allow us.  And we should never allow others to force us to agree with their behavior in areas where our nation’s law does not allow them.  Eventually we may have to make a Romans 13/Mark 12:17 decision, but thankfully, for now, the freedoms of speech and religion are still on our nation’s law books.

So, as we meet this new world that we have made for ourselves with its current sexual confusion and erotic obsession that borders Aphrodite/Ashtoret-worship…we should remember Messiah’s encounter with the adulteress.  This encounter provides the beacon of hope to those of us struggling in our own proclivity to sexual sins and it likewise provides the same authentic hope to our beloved neighbors who Messiah commanded us to love.

Those of us who obey our Creator are the exception.  Now is the time for us to be the brave.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s