I learned something incredible about the ELCA's draft statement on human sexuality over on ALPB Online's thread on Bob Benne's critique of the statement: The word "adultery" never appears in the draft. Neither does the word "lust."
I'm trying to imagine Lutherans discussing sexuality without mentioning Luther's explanation of the 6th Commandment in the Small Catechism:
You shall not commit adulteryI'm trying to imagine Christians offering wisdom on sexuality without even mentioning Jesus' teaching about the same commandment:
What does this mean for us?
We are to fear and love God so that in matters of sex our words and conduct are pure and honorable, and husband and wife love and respect each other.
"You have heard that it was said, `You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (St. Matthew 5:27-28, RSV)If a church's social statement isn't even going to bother mentioning key foundational teachings on the very matter on which it is speaking, does it have anything useful to add to our society's conversation on sexuality?
Vanity of vanities. All is vanity.