I’m thoroughly enjoying Rob Bell’s newest book, Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality.
Among other things, Bell discusses the nature of our sexuality as something that is neither animal nor angel. Animals act out of pure instinct, pure desire. Angels, on the other hand, which are beings without physical bodies, have no sexuality whatsoever.
So what does that make us?
Bell argues that God is creating humanity as something new and different. If we think of ourselves solely as animals, gratifying our desires in any way we see fit – we become like the animals, which were created before us, and we take a step back in creation. Likewise, if we think of ourselves as angels, having no sexuality whatsoever, we take a step back, because the angels also existed before us.
It is natural, he says, that we feel tension with our sexuality. We are exploring new territory within the created order. Emerging out of our sexuality is a new, exciting form of expression that transcends that of animal and angel.
There’s a lot more great stuff in this book. Maybe I’ll get to some of it in the next few days.