*Most Christians have a pretty good grip on what the Bible says about sex. Burn in hell if you commit fornication, right?
Despite the many warnings God’s word may present, many young (and old) single Christians are defying that little note in the scripture and sexing.
A piece that originally appeared in the May issue of Ebony magazine takes a look at how people who are unmarried, but not so young anymore, are balancing their faith with real-world temptations.
Yolanda Jordan* remembers the moment she decided to have sex for the first time. She was 27, fresh out of grad school, in a committed relationship — and horny. She was also raised in the Baptist church and had taken a vow of abstinence. “I was curious,” says Jordan, now 34, a graphic designer in Columbus, Ohio. “My mind was telling me one thing, my body another. I was grown [and] longing to be touched. I am not perfect; I struggle with sin. I strive to live a righteous life. Just because I have a Bible on my nightstand and condoms in the drawer doesn’t mean I love God any less or that He doesn’t love me.” …
Read the full articleat Ebony.
*The republican candidate of the hour is Mitt Romney.
He’s riding pretty high on his win in the primary elections in Maryland, Wisconsin, and D.C. yesterday.
But, his bones continue to fall out of his closet as he remains in the campaign.
As he campaigned in Mormon country, Wisconsin was obviously fine with his answers on whether he believed that “it’s a sin for a white man to marry and procreate with a black woman.” (more…)
*A new group made up of hundreds of Wheaton College alumni says being gay is not a sin and that one can be a faithful Christian and still hold onto the LGBT identity.
OneWheaton, which includes openly gay Wheaton College alumni as well as straight graduates who question the traditional biblical view that homosexuality is a sin, says it seeks to support LGBT students and offer a different theological perspective on sexuality.
“We do not believe there is anything wrong with being gay,” says OneWheaton in a media release. “We are joining the conversation at Wheaton to show students that they have the option to live without shame and self-hatred.”
Wheaton College, one of the most respected evangelical higher education institutions in the nation and the alma mater of Billy Graham, takes the position that homosexual relations is a sin but that Christians should love those struggling with same-sex attraction instead of judging or ostracizing them.
The new LGBT group, launched last week, says it is does not intend to battle Wheaton College and its stance on homosexuality, but it hopes to be part of the conversation on sexuality.
“We don’t have a political agenda and we are not opposing or engaging the administration through this letter,” says OneWheaton in a statement. “While we might hope Wheaton’s theological position towards homosexuality based on its particular interpretation of biblical tradition changes, we did not unite for a divisive theological debate.”
Read the full story here.
*Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, in an interview with CBS News, said homosexuality is “a sin” and “a choice.”
Cain was on “Washington Unplugged” the CBS News web program when he revealed his thoughts to CBSNews.com senior political reporter Brian Montopoli:
“I believe homosexuality is a sin because I’m a Bible-believing Christian, I believe it’s a sin.”
*While reaching for his gun to commit suicide, his hand stumbled on a Bible and he ended up grabbing it first – a decision that would give birth to an inspirational graphic novel adaptation of the gospels.
King of Kings: The Chronicles of Jesus is a four-part graphic novel based on the life of Jesus. The project began in 2007 and was completed in 2010 and since the beginning of its publication it has made an impact on the world, reaching at least 22 countries.
It landed the cover of Inspire magazine, England’s largest Christian publication, and is currently being used as a fundraiser for Kenton United Methodist Church in Delaware to help fund a mission trip to Tennessee to build lower income housing.
Of course, he never imagined he would be making graphic novels when everything in his life had reached the nadir of despair. After a bad divorce in 2005 he fell into a life of drug and alcohol abuse, leaving him with practically nothing overnight.
Read the full story here.