Sex & money. Both are pretty important parts of our lives. Both are good things, given by God, and loaded with tremendous potential for good in our lives. And both are also fraught with dangerous consequences if abused or misused.
Both are spoken of clearly in Scripture. Both are spoken of often in Scripture (especially money). But both are seldom spoken of by many pastors and other church leaders. Paul David Tripp writes,
We seem to approach both areas [sex and money] with a timidity, reserve, and embarrassment that does not make personal, cultural, or biblical sense. Pastors are often hesitant to teach and preach about money issues as if somehow this topic is outside the boundaries of what they’ve been called by God to do. And if they’re cautious in talking about money, they’re even more so when it comes to the topic of sex. Meanwhile, in both areas the world around us never seems to stop talking. (Sex & Money, p.17)
If we as believers are not properly equipped with a biblical view of sex and money, we will be ill-equipped for living in a world that seems to be utterly consumed by them. And if we are not thinking about these things biblically, there is little doubt that we will be influenced by the world’s faulty view of these things instead. And so (to use Paul’s words from Romans 12:2), we should not be surprised if more and more professing Christians are conformed to this world in these areas, rather than being transformed by the renewal of our minds.
So what are we to do? We must be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). We must, by God’s grace, conform (or renew) our thinking on these subjects to the Word and will of God, not to the pattern of this evil age.
For that to happen, pastors and teachers in the church must be committed to teaching the biblical view of sex and money. While we certainly should not be fixated on these subjects in an unhealthy or unbalanced way, we must speak about them wherever, whenever, and however the Scriptures do so. To do less than that is not only to fail to declare the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27) to the people of God, but then also to fail to be innocent of the blood of all men (Acts 20:26).