Our placement in this place and time by God’s Providence tests how much we are willing to suffer sexually in order to follow our Lord.
Readership: Christian Men
Author’s Note: This post expands a comment I left under Lexet’s post, Charting the Red Pill World (2021 March 26). Recently, there has been a spike in commenting under this post, so I wanted to elaborate on this aspect of suffering a little further.
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In the course of life, Christians have always been called to suffer in solidarity with Christ’s own suffering for us, and the Gospels themselves specifically talk about this. For example…
“24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?“Matthew 16:24-26, cf. Luke 9:23
And again we read in 1 Peter 4:
“13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. … 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.”
This suffering takes many forms in the daily lives of all of us, and is not confined to any one specific area or circumstance of life. However, in the current Western world, with its very pre-eminent centering of sex, and given the testosterone-driven male sex drive, many Christian men who wish to remain faithful to the moral law of God sexually are being urgently and loudly called by Him to intense, ongoing, lifetime suffering in this area, in one way or another, and with very limited options.