“Sex is part of nature. I go along with nature.” – Marilyn Monroe

Recently my wife and I owned a beautiful and energetic Siberian Husky.  Tons of great memories and good times shared with that dog.  But I still remember the first time she walked into the living room with a blanket in her mouth, and then proceeded to hump it.  I think I remember making a joke about it, but after a while it became an annoying occurrence that we would try to discourage. I’m sure we’re not the first dog owners to deal with this; after all… sex is part of nature.

While I certainly do not disagree with the first part of Marilyn Monroe’s quote, the conclusion that it led her to (and so many others) is concerning.  Just because something is part of nature or natural doesn’t mean it’s beneficial to go along with.

•    Wild mushrooms are part of nature. I go along with nature (and eat them when I’m hungry).
•    Hurricanes are part of nature. I go along with nature (and watch them on the beach as they rush in).
•    Great white sharks are part of nature. I go along with nature (and swim with them).
•    Active volcanoes are part of nature. I go along with nature (and climb them).

Just because something is part of nature or a natural urge within our species does not automatically mean that it’s not harmful or dangerous.  We don’t apply this sort of logic to other areas of life… so why do we in the area of sexuality?

Because we’re looking for an excuse.

Our sinful nature is always trolling around within us looking for justification.  And when we’re in the moment of temptation, the part of the brain that controls logic and rational thought isn’t getting the usual flow of blood.

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to god’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.  (Romans 8:5-9, NIV)

If we ourselves are going to beat this thing, and equip the people we’re leading to find victory, we’ve gotta learn how to continually set our minds on the things that the Spirit of God desires.

•    It’s being active, not passive. 
•    It’s being preventative, not reactive. 
•    It’s being intentional, not lazy.

In what ways are you specifically using to set your mind on the things of God these days?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments section!

Cory Hunneyman is one of the pastors on staff at Lakeshore Community Church – a church that strives to love people where they’re at, regardless of the mess.  They recently started a new teaching series called “Second Chances” – be sure to check it out!