Over the past few weeks, things have been happening. God has been moving. The article I published elicited some totally unexpected responses from friends, acquaintances, and total strangers. I’ve had the privilege of connecting with people over shared brokenness, shared hurt, and shared hopelessness. It’s been beautiful, encouraging, and exhausting.
Each story breaks my heart in a new way. Each story causes emotions that I knew all too well to resurface. It is a continuous reminder to me that the Church has so much work to do in this area- that we as Christ-followers have so much work to do in this area. I’ve heard stories about pornography, masturbation, same-sex attraction, and premarital sex, but it’s about more than that- it’s about our sexuality as a whole. Our sexual natures and the lies that we have been fed and believed about them and in turn about ourselves. We need to be open to being honest with ourselves, with God, and with others. To be encouraging, supportive, grace-filled, representations of Jesus to those around us because we’re all struggling in one way or another. There is no other way.
I was asked by a follower what exactly the Simply Sex(uality) Project is. Well here goes a shot at explaining it:
The goal is to see a shift in the Church with regards to how sexuality is dealt with and talked about. When I say Church, I primarily mean church leadership, Christian families (so how the conversation happens between parents and children and how the church prepares parents to have those conversations), and youth groups. I’ve had the opportunity to speak to youth groups and help youth pastors plan their relationship/”sexuality” series and would love to do more of that and write youth curriculum. I’m currently working on a Bible study for teen girls. Long term I want to write books and I would love to create seminars and workshops around various topics. So I want to be a sexuality educator, consultant, speaker, writer for the Church! That is the project and this blog is the start of that.
What do you think?