The women of Togo, a small country in West Africa, may be onto something. These Togolese women are staging a Sex Strike, which they have branded "Keep the gate of your 'motherland' locked up", in an attempt to remove from power a dictator. As I read the headline earlier today, I admit I was intrigued, but as I continued to read, I thought the power and intent of the strike wouldn't make a dent in the power structure of the nation. Why am I so cynical? Well, the strike is only scheduled to last 1 week. Sure a guy’s resolve wouldn't be weakened after only one week, right?
I couldn't help but think how this would work back home in the United States. The land of the oversexed. I am not surprised by the statistics I read about sexual activity in the U.S. anymore, but the nonchalant attitude towards the act of sex is disheartening. Especially among people who profess a relationship with Jesus Christ. Much like the battle the people of Togo are waging for control, we are getting our hats handed to us, spiritually by a very controlling dictator.
Some opponents of this strike say it further devalues women and makes them looked at as only sex symbols. I somewhat agree with that statement, using sex as a bargaining chip in my perspective cheapens the experience. From my biblical worldview on sex, I believe it's a sacred and holy act, to be celebrated in the context of marriage. So I propose that my fellow believers in Christ take control of their lives by eliminating sex if you are not married. This includes other activities that stimulate sexual appetites as well.
Practically, I have seen so many issues in people’s lives that are a direct relation to sex before marriage. These issues range from death and diseases to baby mama; baby daddy drama. Some may argue well those things happen even in the context of marriage, and they are absolutely correct. So to that, I say, take a look at 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8.
1 As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact, you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.
2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
4 that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable,
5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God;
6 and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before.
7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
8 Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.
God is clear about His children living holy and sanctified lives, and sex being enjoyed within the context of marriage. If you are reading this post, and you are an unmarried believer and having sex. STOP IT! We have clear instructions that this behavior is not God's best for you. Take back control of your life. Start a "Sex Strike", and take back control of your life.