Manila is such a fascinating city to live in. I am constantly intrigued by the different types of people I encounter here. Last night was no exception. I had just finished doing a True Love Waits seminar for the students of the UCCP Cosmopolitan Church dormitory. A few of the church leaders invited me to dinner at a nearby Wendy’s.
I was struck by what I saw in the fast food restaurant. Two women caught my attention at the upper floor. Their attire could not have been any different. One of them, seated with her husband, was covered from head to toe. I could only see her hands—even her face was fully covered (her veil only had two openings for her eyes).* The other, seated at the corner table, was apparently a bargirl (prostitute). She was wearing false eyelashes and not much else. The bargirl left after we had been there for a few minutes. To be honest, I was a bit relieved—I was constantly struggling to keep my eyes off of her exposed body. The veiled woman continued eating with her husband. Eating seemed to be a bit awkward for her, as she had to slip the food underneath the veil in order to get it to her mouth.
I later thought about this scene. Somehow these two women represent the way in which we have ruined the gift of sex.
The veiled woman represents the legalism imposed by so many religions (both past and present). Christians have not been immune from this, by the way. Both Catholic and Protestant theologians have been guilty of treating sex as a necessary evil—something shameful.
The prostitute represents the other extreme—throwing away all restraint. Sex is thus put on display, cheapened, and even reduced to a commodity for sale. We see evidence of this mentality all around us.
God intended neither of these. He intended for us to treat sex as a sacred thing—a precious gift. We have failed miserably. He is calling us to return to His original plan. We would be wise to listen.
Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.
*Author’s Note: My observations are in no way intended to offend followers of Islam. The “veil” I described here represents a very extreme interpretation of the Koran’s principles of modesty. Most followers of Islam consider it acceptable for a woman to show her face. I make no apologies for being a Christian, but I don’t want this post to be interpreted as a stereotype of other religions.
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