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June 2, 2009 / beidson

Near-Sighted Nudity: Why Lustful Eyes Can’t See The Future

Our eyes are made to see more than what is in front of us.  They are designed to see the future.  The Lord has made us in such aeyesway that we ought to be able to see the handiwork of God and know that redemption is near, or see the awful effects of sin and look ahead to the day when Christ will bring an end to injustice.  Our eyes may keep us from stumbling in the shadows, but they are really intended to keep us from stumbling in the Satanic darkness that covers the whole earth.

But we do not use our eyes as we should, and so we do stumble in the darkness.  Eyes which are meant to behold the glory of God in the face of Christ instead turn to imitation glory and pseudo-majesty.  When we ought to be gazing with wonder at the world around us, many times we stare blankly at a screen and pacify ourselves with dim reflections of a greater reality.

Nowhere is this better understood than with pornography.  It may captivate a man with pleasure for a moment, but ultimately it will hold him captive to his own destruction.  Here the eyes are drawn to worship that which is no god, the human flesh, as if it brought ultimate joy and delight.  The eyes begin to dissect the human body and subtract it from the larger picture of which it was intended to remain a part.  It strips the glory of Christ away from sexuality and minimizes the mystery displayed in our nakedness.  Lustful eyes are not able to see Christ.  All they long to see is flesh, and the flesh does not recognize Christ.

It was Eve who gazed at the tree and saw that it was good for food and a delight to her eyes.  It was David who lusted after Bathsheba, and gave his heart over to treacherous murder.  Neither of them could see past the moment–their eyes were completely fixed on the object of their lust.  Lust is near-sighted; it refuses to look past the flesh toward Christ.  It is fixed on that which is passing away like a withering tulip.  Lustful eyes are hungry for death, though they believe they are beholding life.

But it was Jesus who looked on the smelly crowds of strangers chasing him down and had compassion on them.  Even now his eyes survey the world; they examine the hearts of men.  If we cannot see past the flesh, we are not using our eyes as God intended them to be used.  Not that we should see hidden messages in burning bushes, but that a burning bush should cause us to marvel at the mystery and majesty of One we have never seen, who dwells in marvelous, unapproachable light.

But we have this testimony: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes . . . that which we have seen and heard we proclaim to you” (1 John 1:1,3).  And since we have beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, we do not love the world.  For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions–is not from the Father, so it is passing away.

Nudity is about the future, and if our eyes do not stay within the boundaries God has given them, they will never be able to see what is down the road.  Only those who know Christ are able to understand biblical sexuality with all of its marvelous meanings.  Only those who know Christ can gaze upon their spouse in wonder because they understand how God intends to display his majesty in the mystery of the marriage bed.  This is something craving eyes can never do, as much as they would like to.  Only prophetic eyes can see the glory of a reigning, returning King in the dim candlelight of the bedroom.

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