Sexual Detox I: Pornifying the Marriage Bed

28 Oct

Came across this post on Tim Challie’s blog.  It’s part one of an ongoing series on the theology of sex.  Despite the possibly misleading title, he notes very clearly that he wants “to speak especially to young men, those who are teenagers or dating or engaged or newly married.”  Here’s a quick excerpt from it:

My great concern with young men today (which is really more a concern for their young wives) is that they may perhaps inadvertently or perhaps intentionally pornify the marriage bed. They may bring impurity to the pure, selfishness to the selfless. Having given themselves over to pornography, they have had their whole perception of sexuality altered, shaped by professional pornographers. They may be imposing on their young brides the impossible expectation of a porn star. With the vast majority of young men having been exposed to pornography (at least 90% according to recent studies), with a large percentage of them having been addicted to it and with many enjoying it still as they enter into marriage, they need to have their understanding and their expectations reset according to the One who created sex.

Many young men need a kind of sexual detox before they are equipped to be the kind of pure, loving, attentive, sacrificial husbands that God calls them to be. In this series of articles I hope to help young men reorient their understanding of sex, both in the big picture and in the act itself, according to God’s plan for this great gift.

Again, here’s the article in its entirety.

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