“There is a stark difference between morality and moralism. The problem we face in the conservative church can be seen in treatments of subjects like this one . . . “What about the children?” Let us consider the question this way: Is the book of Leviticus PG-13? Is the Song of Solomon an R? What preconditions had to be fulfilled in order for Christians to start worrying about whether Bible passages were a good influence on their children? Furthermore, do they think that external protection will result in internal innocence? It’s true that the world does not hesitate to bombard your children with lascivious thoughts, images, commercials, and suggestions, but if you successfully hide in the woods for twenty years during their upbringing, their great grandfather Adam will successfully bombard them with all the same things from within. We are called to sexual discipleship, not sexual neutrality, fear, or diffidence . . . We have every right to expect the church to be a moral place; we should shudder at the prospect of it becoming a moralistic place” (For a Glory and a Covering, pp. 144-145).
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