I want to draw your attention to an insightful post on Plugged In’s blog that explores the growing view in today’s culture that, when it comes to sex, consent is the only thing needed to make a sexual relationship appropriate: “as long as there’s consent, there need be no other questions.”
In “Miley Cyrus Has Become the Poster Child for Consent,” Focus’ own blogger and movie critic Adam Holtz examines this troubling perspective by comparing it to historic Christian teaching on sexuality:
“To deal with the consent-only sexuality worldview that Miley Cyrus represents, we must ask a couple of simple but crucially important questions: What is the purpose of sexuality? And who gets to decide?
“Historically, Christian theologians have identified two primary answers to the first question. 1) The purpose of our sexuality is to create a union—“oneness,” the Bible calls is—between a man and his wife. 2) The purpose of our sexuality within that marriage bond is to produce new life when that is possible. Because those purposes are so sacred, so fundamental to human existence, God has placed protective parameters around sexual expression to protect us and to allow our relationships to flourish—which leads us to the answer for the second question. Our sexuality is beautiful, powerful and life-giving in its God-ordained context of marriage. Outside of that context and its divine origin, it can be a source of deep pain and vulnerability, not to mention the tragedy of creating new life without a loving, protective family to nourish it.”
It’s an important topic, so I hope you’ll head over to Focus’ media discernment website, Plugged In, and read it in its entirety.