The other event of the week was the publication of the survey of the sex life of Americans by the University of Chicago. Among its interesting findings was the fact that conservative Protestant women, such as Baptists and Pentecostals, were most likely to report that they always had an orgasm. No reason was offered as to why this was the case. Indeed, it seems to go against popular opinion. In the popular view, conservative religious people perceive sex as dirty and are thus sexually repressed. This view is clearly wrong.
Might it be instead that conservative religious people are most likely to view sex, not as dirty, but as holy? (Holy---because we are sharing in the creative powers of God). It is this high view of sex which causes them to preserve its use only within the confines of a lifelong commitment and increases their enjoyment of it. Could it not be also that objections to the Fake Orgasm Contest were at root an emotional reaction to the trivialization of a holy act. I don’t know, but at least this survey should give us a good marketing slogan for our next “Bring a Friend” Sunday---”Baptists have better sex.”
©C. David Hess