Mentoring

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Who taught you about sex? Did you ever have a sexual mentor? Most of us learned about sex as they say “on the streets.“ We may have learned about some of the basics in a health class. However, the ethics and spiritual guidance surrounding sex is not something many parents or the church have been willing to take on. Yet we get bombarded through culture each day with thousands of sexual messages. How is one to navigate the multitude of sexual messages if they have no one to teach them?

In Acts 8, Phillip has an interesting conversation with an Ethiopian eunuch. A eunuch was a male whose sexual organs had been removed. According to Deuteronomy 23:1, they were ostracized from the religious community based on their sexual identity. Phillip sees that the eunuch is reading the scripture and he asks him if he understands it. The eunuch responds by saying, “How can I, unless someone explains it to me (Acts 8:31).” The man wants a mentor. Phillip answers that call and takes on the role of mentor.

Phillip asks the man to get into his chariot and they begin to go for a ride. They come to a place by a river and the man asks,” Look here is water, what is to prevent me from being baptized (Acts 8:37)?” Phillip stopped the chariot and he and the eunuch went down into the water and he was baptized.

The sexual identity of the eunuch, though once believed to prevent him from being in the body of Christ, was not something that God could not work through. God created us to procreate. God does provide us with the gift of a covenant (boundaries),to protect us in our sexual relationships. And let us always ultimately remember along with Phillip and the eunuch, that Jesus is in the business of drawing us near and bringing us into the kingdom, not seeking rules to keep us out.

I hope to see you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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