At the end of Randy Elrod’s new book Sex, Lies & Religion, he says, “In my religious circles, sex was what everybody thought about, but nobody talked about. I hope this book will start conversations.” I believe this is an excellent book, written to start that conversation. In an age where sex is everywhere, tv, movies, magazines, etc., why shouldn’t the church take the forefront in teaching and talking about sex? It’s almost as if this topic has become so controversial that we don’t want to even bring it up. However, as Randy talks about in his book, sex was created by God. In the very beginning God calls Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply. What comes later in Genesis 4 is much greater though. It is written that “Now Adam knew Eve, his wife.” Yes it is referring to sex, but in lines with Randy’s book, it is also eluding to something much greater. The word used for knew is the word “Yada.” It means to know, but in a very intimate and interactive way as Randy tells us in this book. There in lies the parallel between the intimate relationships we desire with our spouse and also the more important intimate relationship God desires with us. The same word used in the sexual context between Adam and Eve is the same word used by God knowing and caring for His own. Sex is much more than just an act and Randy definitely explores that in this book. It’s an incredibly intimate act between husband and wife yet it’s a wonderful picture of the intimate and personal relationship that we have with our Creator God. This book helps us focus on the spiritual aspect of sex and dispels some of the lies and misconceptions that our culture and possibly even the church has made about sex and sexuality. Definitely a recommended read.
Special thanks to Randy Elrod and cre:ate 2.0 Publishing for providing this complimentary book to read and review. You can purchase a copy of the book at http://sexliesandreligion.skyroo.com