Is there a “happy median” on the way down the slippery slope?

NO! I suppose I should try to explain. We tend to think of human behaviors as existing on a continuum. Take eating, for example. Between anorexia nervosa and Roman orgy gluttony, there is a range of consumption, a vast middle area, or “happy median”, which comprises varying degrees of healthy consumption. The ideal midpoint might be balancing intake of calories with calories burned. If we were to assume this continuum functions as if it is horizontal, a person starting at one extreme end is no more likely to end up at the other extreme once they decide to change, but is able to find a level they can maintain for long periods of time. However, both extremes are clearly bad. It is the middle that is healthiest.

There are also continuums with slopes, in which the high end is good and healthy and the low end is not. For example, on the continuum of opiate use, at the top is not using at all. That is best. At the bottom of the slope is addiction leading to death. I like to think of a sloped continuum like a slide that has an anchor point at the top. On a physical slide, once you let go of the anchor point, how fast you hit the bottom is determined by gravity, the coefficient of friction, your mass.

I said in a former post, The Religion of Lust, that in-between healthy, biblically based hetero-sexuality and an anything-goes mentality, there is really nothing. While it seems like sexuality, and most other human behaviors are on a continuum, certain things have an inevitability about them, once the foundation has started crumbling or the anchor point slips off your hand. Which human behaviors exist on a sloped continuum? Which of those has the steepest slope (the rules of gravity), which is greasiest (the rules of coefficient of friction) and which is the most serious (the rules of mass)? Of course, we’re talking about behavior, not slides, but there are analogies.

I assert that the continuum of sexual behavior has a healthy beginning–heterosexual within marriage–and a progressively unhealthy slide down a slope which, compared to other human behaviors, is the steepest, greasiest and most serious! What, you say? Isn’t alcoholism or opiate addiction more serious? If smoking one crack pipe leads to immediate addiction to crack, what could be steeper than that? What could be greasier than sliding all the way from a snort of cocaine to eventual death from a heroin overdose? Is anything more serious than death?

Well, see, here’s the thing: “The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.” (1 Corinthians 6.)