That makes me sound rather trivial and silly, two traits that I abhor. It makes me want to stop keeping this blog and start writing factual articles about geo-politics. Indeed, I still might. But sex is still important, and if sometimes another person on the sideline of a soccer game says "crazy about Syria, right?" and you just nod but secretly think "dear Lord, I have no idea what is happening with that situation, I'm just wondering if I have truly loved my spouse today and if we might have sex tonight and if we can make it through an entire love session without having a single child wake up" - let me assure you, that is alright.
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another. (Mother Teresa)
By Evert Odekerken [CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
The mystery of sexual love is that it is a full giving and taking, it is a complete belonging. A rather old-fashioned euphemism for sex is 'Biblical knowing' - and that makes sense, because to truly comprehend something is, in a way, is to be able to fit it into its proper place. Sex is about being in a proper relationship and place with the one person to whom you belong - your spouse. We do not wake up one day with a war-torn country; war, division and upset begin on an individual level. One person is disconnected and out-of-sync with God, then in their home, then in their community, their province, their country, the world. Just as peace begins at home, so does war.
Good sex is a solid step towards bringing about peace. Neither you nor I can give the world a solution for finding peace in centuries-old conflicts. We can vote, of course, we can pray and fast - and we should! But we can really do is establish peace within our own homes. First we must be in right relation with God, then with our spouse, then our children, and on out. Sex is the consummation of our relationship with our spouse, the person we should be closest to on earth. Good sex - sex that incorporates all of our being, that mutually gives and receives - draws spouses closer to one another, increases not only the reality but the feeling of being one. This leads to greater peace in their home and their community.
So if you are wondering what you can do for peace in the world, I encourage you: pray, fast, and have great sex. The world is made-up of societies, society is built on marriage, and sex is the quintessential married act. Amen.
For more reading on peace in the home, I encourage you to read Calah Alexander's piece this week about where peace starts.