YPF (by Len Winneroski)o

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The past several weeks have been pretty interesting in our high school ministry at my church. We are currently in a series entitled, “Good Sex.” As you can imagine, the teens and youth leaders have both been pushed to think and discuss some topics that are way out of our comfort zones.

God invented sex. Sex is holy and it was designed to be one of the highest physical expressions of oneness that one human being can have with another. I know that I will sound old fashioned, but the Bible is clear in the fact that sex was created for a man and a woman. Sex was also created to be experienced within the confines of marriage. Unfortunately, man has twisted sex into something so dirty and common, that Christians are embarrassed to even talk about it, even though sex is all around us. I am very thankful to attend a church that is not afraid to speak and teach the truth. I am also very thankful for youth leaders who  love our teens enough to talk about the real issues that they are facing each day.

So what does the Bible teach about sex? Let’s take a look at a few relevant verses.

“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” – Genesis 1:26-28

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” – Mark 10:7-9

“But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband.” – 1 Corinthians 7:2

” Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:18

I’m sure that some will become angry about my choice of verses this morning, but I think that the Bible is pretty clear on what God’s original intent was for marriage and sex.  I’m not going to apologize for God. On the other hand, a good friend of mine once said that the ground is level at the foot of the cross, and the sinner writing these words is no better than the sinner that is currently engaged in sexual sin of any kind. We are all in this together friends. We all need to stop judging one another. Jesus died for the prostitute, the adulterer, the homosexual, those caught in the addictive grip of pornography, and even the child molester. When held up in comparison to a holy and perfect God, we all are filthy and in need of a Savior to wash us clean.

I mean if Jesus showed mercy to prostitutes and adulterers, who were ashamed of their actions and came to him looking for forgiveness, what makes us think that we shouldn’t show the same level of mercy to those who are trying to escape the bondage of sexual sin (see Luke 7:36-50, John 8:1-11)? In fact, did you know that the lineage of Christ includes a prostitute named Rahab (see Joshua chapters 2 and 6, Hebrews 11:31, James 2:25, and Matthew 1:5)?

So does the Bible teach that prostitution and adultery is OK? No! The Bible says that these sexual sins are wrong because they degrade our bodies and turn sex into something that is was not designed to be. Paul says it this way in 1 Corinthians 6:15, ” Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!”

Woman was the last creative act of God.  I think that I would get an “amen” from my brothers when I say that God truly outdid Himself when He created woman. God also created the, sometimes-overwhelming, chemical induced desires that a man has for a woman. He created this intense desire of a man for a woman to encourage man to seek out a female life-partner and to ensure that these married couples would be “fruitful and multiply.” Based on the current population of the earth (~7.6 billion and growing), the data suggests that His plan has worked out pretty darn well.

I’m not a woman, and I have no idea what it feels like to be one, but as a man, I can tell you definitively that I have to guard my eyes and heart all the time.  I have made a covenant before God and my wife to reserve all of my sexual desire for my wife of almost 30 years. God has blessed me with an amazing woman of God who is extremely attractive and she still drives me crazy (sorry kids) . She is honestly way better than I deserve on every level.

So where am I going with this devotional this morning, and why did I title it YPF? During my discussions with some of the men in our youth group over the past few weeks, we have come to the conclusion that yoga pants were created by the devil. To be honest, we have a love-hate relationship with them. I guess that yoga pants are extremely comfortable, and I am even toying with the idea of buying some from Amazon that are apparently, “buttery soft,” to see for myself.  They may be comfortable ladies, but I can tell you that they do not make men comfortable at all! It is not my place to tell other people what to wear, or not to wear, but I’m gonna put this elephant on the table this morning and talk about it, gulp.

Yoga pants are all around us. My daughters sometimes wear them and they are prevalent in the church. I know that it is not a woman’s fault that she is beautiful, and I can’t blame a woman for wanting to show off the bodies that they have worked so hard to keep fit. We have all seen yoga pants however, that are so revealing that they don’t leave anything for the imagination. I’m just willing to be honest here, sometimes they will stop a man in his tracks, and if he is not careful, a glance will become a gaze. A gaze will become a gawk. And a gawk can become something that he is not proud of.

Am I saying that wearing yoga pants is a sin? Of course not! All that I am saying is that if a woman is wearing yoga pants because they are comfortable, especially in church, please know that men will notice and you may be causing your brother to stumble in his thought life without even knowing it. If you are intentionally wearing yoga pants to be noticed by men, I would just say be careful with what you fish for, as you just might catch more than you intended.

In 1 Corinthians chapter 8, Paul said that he was personally fine with eating food that he knew was sacrificed to idols, because he knew that idols were just hunks of metal and wood. However, he was also aware that some of his Christian brothers and sisters were having a harder time accepting this food because of their weak consciences. Because of his love for his brothers and sisters, Paul said that he abstained from eating food sacrificed to idols in front of them. In verse 1 Corinthians 8:9 Paul said, ” Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.”

So what is YPF? I told the young men in my small group that YPF is Yoga Pants Fever. I told them that when they contract YPF to memorize 1 Corinthians 10:13 which says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” And because I’m a complete goof ball, I thought that I’d “help” them a little with an antidote for YPF…. me in biker pants. I’m sure you were wondering why in the world  I ruined your breakfast with that “Nacho Libre-inspired” pose.

If my foolishness can help my brothers and sisters have an honest conversation about YPF, I’d be a fool any day of the week! Christ has called us to love and care for one another, including our sexual purity. If I made you uncomfortable or angry this morning, I am sorry. I love you all too much to be silent when a chemical war is fighting to control our kids and marriages. Love sometimes is quiet, but sometimes it speaks. I’ll let you be the judge if I chose wisely to speak today.

6 thoughts on “YPF (by Len Winneroski)o

  1. Love the pic, Lenny. Thanks for addressing this important issue, one which I agree many don’t want to talk about. There is a very real difference in the way men and women are wired when it comes to this, and both men and women need to be aware of this. Thanks for sharing.

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