Sex and the Hypocrisy of the Church

The church has rightly been attacked for hypocrisy. But is nobody else
guilty? If the church is hypocritical about sex.

There are two alternatives to hypocrisy. Either you set high moral
standards and keep them absolutely. According to Christian teaching,
only one person has ever done that. Or you set standards so low that
they aren't really standards at all: you simply "do what comes
naturally". Angels aren't hypocrites. Nor (I think) are animals.
Granted we are none of us in the first category – the only way to
avoid hypocrisy is always to follow instinct: do whatever you feel
like at the time.
Some ethicists advocate this. "Spontaneity" or "authenticity" appear
attractive alternatives to hypocrisy. Go with your heart, we're told.
But if you always do what you most feel like doing, you may avoid
hypocrisy but you will be inconsistent, unreliable, and probably
downright amoral. The heart, Jesus said, was where most of the
problems began. The great ethical theorists, from Aristotle and the
stoics to the leading religious teachers, saw the point. Virtue, in
the strict sense of a character formed by habit and practice, doesn't
just happen. You don't become courageous, or just, or prudent, or
temperate, by a sudden overnight decision. You might as well wake up
and decide to play a Brahms concerto. You have to practise. Of course,
if you're a piano teacher it helps if you can play most of the right
notes yourself, most of the time. But you're not there to clone
yourself. You're there to help others to play Brahms.

The Christian has a particular angle on virtue. Some Protestant
traditions have frowned on it: doesn't it mean we are trying to earn
salvation by "good works"? Answer: no – it is all based on God's
grace. But God's grace doesn't work "automatically". Part of the
"fruit of the spirit", along with faith, hope and love, is
self-control. That doesn't come overnight, either; and while you're
practising the moral scales and arpeggios, and playing wrong notes,
you are being, technically speaking … a hypocrite. Christians don't
(or at least shouldn't) claim to have "made it" yet. We claim to
follow Jesus. The church is composed of prodigal children who have
discovered, to their astonishment, that their father still loves them.
It was the older brother Sham




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