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the church oppsing sexuality, and the sadness of that reality

Sunday, 5 November 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

The news regarding Rev. Ted Haggard has been televised across the country. Today at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO, one of the overseers participating in the investigation read a letter from the former senior pastor, Ted Haggard, and his wife, Gayle. I found a news report of the letter and watched the video of the overseer reading the letter.  I find myself pretty sad at the news reports that I’ve found.  For example, the title of the report on CNN is “Haggard admits to ‘lifelong’ sexual problem.”

What makes me sad about the way that is phrased is that Haggard and company [i.e. New Life Church] conceive of sexuality in a very particular manner.  What is sad is that the modern day church continues to repress the body, the senses that perhaps are natural!  What can be said for that?  Why is that?  If you hold to a theistic belief system, do you think that your God wants you to be absent of feeling, joy and mystery?  Is there no room in your theistic belief system for excitement?  The modern day church, especially Evangelicalism, has repressed any sort of engaging the body and senses and in return has chosen to rely solely upon a literal rendering of their Bible.  I find this sad.

In some ways, reliance upon a literal rendering of the Bible and a strong repression of feeling and the body results in the lack of engaging the reality of one’s life.  Where does gender fit into the life of a Christian?  Where does sexual practice fit into the life of a Christian?  And, what about the body?  Where does engaging in the politics of the body fit into the life of a Christian?  With the theologies that underpin modern day evangelicalism, there is no room to construct theologies of difference.  The theologies that the modern day church supports and continues to construct are oftentimes those theologies that are distant from real life experience.  And so, the faithful are pushed to the edge of “temptation” when really the faithful are simply exploring and engaging in the real world.

Might the reality of our spiritual havens and safe spaces find ways to engage the world, the body, economics, sexuality, and so many other things that are seen as an exact opposite to faithful living?

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