Rachel Held Evans has collected 7 different views on the question of “Is Masturbation an acceptable component to healthy sexuality for Christians?” It’s an interesting read and by interesting I mean sometimes interesting and sometimes infuriating.
I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that masturbation is immoral and harmful to the human person. It dislocates an aspect of the sexual act from its rightful place as part of the whole marital act. It is not ok for a single person, not ok for a married person, and not ok just because “everyone” does it.
Having said that, when it comes to dealing with the topic, especially with young people, we must do so with charity and a view to explaining God’s love and its proper mode(s) of expression. We must not be “puritanical” in this, just like we should… well, never be puritanical.
It’s not the worst thing someone can do. Murder is worse and we shouldn’t pretend like masturbation is the greatest sin of all time (currently, according to many, that would be homosexuality).
I may respond in more detail later, but for now go over and give it a read. What are your thoughts on the topic?
(By the way, I am grateful that Rachel did this, so the parts that make my angry, don’t make me angry at her for collating the responses).