This debate of sexuality vs. salvation is not new. Who can forget the drama surrounding the rumored engagement of sex kitten Lisa Raye to Bishop Noel Jones? Sisters in the church almost went cock-eyed giving the side eye talking about that situation. I can’t say I blame them. We all remember the movie, Player’s Club and that was anything but holy. Sexuality and salvation are seemingly adversaries. These ladies are obviously skating a fine line between salvation and scandal. However, is the strain to avoid the topic the reason why preacher’s kids are notoriously known for promiscuity? This struggle to ignore a woman’s sex appeal may be the culprit for so many women having deep rooted insecurities. Like the strippers they shun, church girls will search for love and acceptance in the arms of whoever will reach out to them without judgment. When sensuality is repressed it finds unhealthy ways rear its head.
Tammy Franklin opened up to Oprah about her sex life with Kirk Franklin. The gospel artist admitted he struggled with a pornography addiction and his wife confided, “It started not to be special…You don’t expect to feel dirty with your husband.” A year later, Ebony followed up with the couple who said their national exposure brought them closer together and proved that they could get through anything. Determined to be transparent and open about their fight to follow God’s word, the Franklins opened themselves up to ridicule. Yet, they ripped the bandage off and began a dialogue that was way overdue.
Whether sex appeal and salvation are enemies is a topic widely debated. However, while the ladies of the auxiliary board preach abstinence with fiery indignation, our young women are lost in learning how to cope with sensuality. So what do you think? Is there room to be saved and sensual?
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