I hate what we have become
Pitted against each other from puberty
Either divided and ruling
Or divisive and ruled.
Missing out on mutual flourishing
A destructive relationship
if ever there was one.
Men have blamed women always –
it was Adam’s second sin in the garden –
And then women were cursed to desire and resent them.
But we were (re)born to go beyond our ancestors
and to trust and understand what once they feared.
And we can fear to love because we think that love is unclean.
Yet surely it cannot be purity
When we distance those who give us life.
It insults the very Gospel
of the Son of Man who spent time with women
and looked to their souls not their sex.
I know of these things only partly
And often through a screen darkly, but
The way I’ve come to think is that
Sex should not be a battleground.
We are more united and
diversity is in high demand.
I don’t want to fight or fear my brothers
and we shouldn’t need to fear all attraction.
How I wish that sex would once again just mean
and not war.