Recently I was invited to join the book launch team of “Love Thy Body” by Nancy Pearcey. Her book Total Truth challenged me to evaluate my once very liberal/post-modern worldview and embrace a Biblical one. It is an honor to be part of the team. In Love Thy Body Pearcey makes this powerful statement:
“The personhood theory, with its two-tiered view of the human being—one that sees no value in the living human body but places all our worth in the mind or consciousness. Personhood theory thus presumes a very low view of the human body which ultimately dehumanizes all of us. For if our bodies do not have inherent value, then a key part of our identity is devalued.”
My own journey of “Personhood” has equated to my rights, my personal perceptions and belief system, above God’s or anyone else. In the past I have not valued the human body but placed worth only on my “personhood,” or rather my “authentic self,” which allowed me to live life on my own terms, be who I wanted to be and do what I wanted to do. On a personal level I felt as though my sexual and gender identity were chained to my female body. Truth be told, I hated my body and longed to be free from the social constructs of gender. Rarely did I look in a mirror at my own body and yet I advocated for the right to do with it as I pleased.
My body was nothing more than a bargaining tool to meet my primary human needs of being known, respected and cared for. What I longed for, rather than the sex, was the emotional connection and intimacy other women offered me. On my part, it was more about physical connection than sex. I needed their affirmation, attention and affection. If it meant giving my body over to their sexual desires, it seemed to be a fair exchange.
Pearcey writes, “For if our bodies do not have inherent value, then a key part of our identity is devalued.” This challenges me on a new level to choose to respect my human body and treat it with as much value and dignity as I do my identity and soul.
The book Total Truth realigned my worldview about truth and validated the authority of the Bible to evaluate, inform and guide my life. That, in turn, brought me to a place where I surrendered my sexuality to God. I now embrace and advocate for God’s intended design for sexuality, gender and marriage.
In the opening chapters of Love Thy Body I am coming to terms with embracing my body as a very important part of my personhood. The Apostle Paul puts it this way.
Eugene Peterson’s Message version sheds further understanding on the subject:
“…Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 MSG)
It is pretty convicting to realize that God created my soul, identity and body. He values every part of my humanity. I am called to not just shepherd my soul and guard my heart, but to also steward my body with dignity and respect in a way that reflects God to others. OUCH!
I look forward to sharing my insights with you from Love Thy Body over the coming weeks. Pearcey shares in her book, “we will discover that this same body/person dichotomy, with its denigration of the body, is the unspoken assumption driving secular views on euthanasia, sexuality, homosexuality, transgenderism, and a host of related ethical issues.”
Pre-order Love Thy Body today and discover your worth as a whole person: body, mind and soul.
Thanks for following my journey,