Sexual Morality in a Christless World
by Matthew Rueger
Who cares what the Bible says? Most people don’t, unless it backs them up with what they want. In such a setting as ours, does the Bible have anything worthwhile to say about sexuality? Matthew Rueger is a pastor who has been invited to speak at public university classes about sexual ethics for years now, and he takes what he has learned about speaking about sex in such a hostile environment and shares it. He walks through misconceptions, good ways to share the truth, and a whole passel of amazing footnotes that backs up what he says.
First off, this book is awesome. It would be so easy for a book like this to focus on law, law, law. After all, the word “morality” is right there in the title. However, Rueuger clearly revels in the Gospel and longs to give forgiveness. He offers mercy for the broken. He points to Jesus for life. Instead of a book shouting “Clean up your life!” or “Look at those terrible sinners!” it says, “Jesus has made you new. He has forgiven you. How now shall we live?” I love that.
Every section returns over and over to Jesus. In an early section looking at the well-documented actions of Roman emperors, Rueger talks about Tiberias, who practiced pedophilia. “This was the Roman Emperor in power when Christ was crucified. When the Jews shouted at Jesus’ trial that they had no king but Caesar (John 19:15), this was the Caesar whom they were willing to serve. Jesus was a greater offense to them than Tiberias” (28). (more…)