“At the very least, they can be persuaded that the bodily position makes no difference to their prayers; for they constantly forget, what you must always remember, that they are animals and that whatever their bodies do affects their souls” (C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, Letter IV).
Bodies are a fixation. Sexuality, seduction, eroticism and fashion permeate our days. I won’t continue on and on about this, anyone that pays attention recognizes that sexuality is a staple of the American landscape.
C.S. Lewis’s quote from The Screwtape Letters was posed in connection with prayer. However, it is not a far stretch to connect body posture or use of our bodies to daily living. After all, the Apostle Paul stated that we are to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). The Christian is to constantly be in communication with Father. Keep in mind that our spiritual act of worship is found in our daily lives through transformation (Romans 12:1-2) and you will see that anything we do is in the form of worship, at least to something. We should be alarmed when we begin to think of this because it becomes evident that our lives are ALL about Jesus the Savior King or they are not really about Jesus at all. This may sound condemning and it would be if we didn’t have this God that exhibits a peculiarity to the Christian faith…GRACE.
As a member of Jesus Body, the church, I have to recognize the truth of another verse that was penned by the Apostle Paul:
“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created thingsrather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” —Romans 1:25
When God created humanity he was showing off. The human body has been gazed upon, sketched, painted or photographed since the beginning of time. There is no human being that fails to recognize the beauty of the human form.
Our bodies are a gift from God. They were created to bring glory to God, not be worshipped through the avenues of pornography or eroticism. The form you have was meant to bring glory to God through service to Him and for Him. It’s use is to be used as worship to the creator, not idolized or adorned for the mere gratification of self or others to gaze upon.
The Christian must learn to use their body for it’s intended purpose. It is holy, to be protected, kept pure and shared only with the spouse you are committed to in marriage. It is given to serve God as a father, mother or servant to your neighbor.
How you use the body you were given matters. How you care for the body you were entrusted with matters.