Should Sex and Sexuality be discussed in Church? Mavuno Church thinks so

Mavuno church to introduce the subject of Sex & Sexuality in the sermons during the month of September
Mavuno church to introduce the subject of Sex & Sexuality in the sermons during the month of September
Mavuno church to introduce the subject of Sex & Sexuality in the sermons during the month of September

The subject of Sex and sexuality in general is one that always makes people young or old uncomfortable speaking about or even having a discussion on. Ironically, we all know about sex and engage in it from the time we are teenagers till the time we are past menopause. Somehow, despite very little discussions or avenues of information before for our generation ( the internet has changed a lot of this), we still managed to figure it all out mostly through trial and error.

The debate on who should initiate the discussion on Sex and Sexuality as well as the ideal setting; church, home, school or others continues to rage and somehow, no one ever offers a solution. Anytime this subject comes up and the learning institutions or the government (through donors) start sex education initiatives, its almost always shot down with justification based on religious beliefs as well as on moral grounds.

Different Strokes theme by Mavuno for the month of September

Well, this is something that Mavuno Church has decided to take head on and I really admire them for it. This September the different branches of Mavuno charge will seek to answer the tough questions no one asks about sex and sexuality. Different Strokes is the theme of this program which will be every Sunday at Mavuno in the month of September starting from 6th. According to the information posted on their website, Facebook and twitter handles they ask,

How does one successfully navigate a world where many questions remain unanswered about sex and sexuality? 

Ever have difficult questions about your sexuality, or that of others around you? Wondered what to do with the question of same sex attraction, or the ever increasing issue of pornography?  Need help breaking away from a past littered with sexual time-bombs? Need answers?

That is what the September sermon series at all Mavuno churches will focus on, Sex and Sexuality.

Their announcements did not go without criticism online with many feeling that the church was over stepping its mandate which is spiritual leadership and becoming to worldly especially due to the images used in the poster alluding to movies such as ‘Devil wears Prada’ and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Despite the criticism online, it is a bold and welcome move from a religious institution that is facing the reality of the times we live in. Our kids are discovering sex much earlier than we did and now, with easy access to the internet, they are no longer in the dark on the birds and the bees. In most instances, the internet lets them discover more than is healthy for their imagination and more often than not, become prey to sexual predators.

The argument that sex is a taboo in African culture no longer holds any water as we have become more cosmopolitan than ever before. Sex is as old as the Bible and using religion and religious beliefs to term it as evil has done us as Africans more harm than good.

Its time we accepted the reality that sex is very much part of our lives and as parents, its important to have that discussion with our kids as they enter their teens instead of abdicating that duty to either the  school or the internet.

We might be viewing what Mavuno church is doing as immoral or as a way of them saying its ok to watch pornography or to masturbate, however, when these things are discussed in an open setting such as the church, a lot of people are able to ‘face their demons’ as it were on such addictions. We need to have more such safe spaces where people, young and old can openly talk about sex without prejudices or being labeled as perverts.

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