A couple of days ago, Her.meneutics published a piece I wrote on desire. (I'm sure that you're surprised I chose that as a topic.) In the essay, I summarized some of the conversation I had with my class at church last week when I asked them: what does our culture say about desire? What does the church say about desire? We all agreed that culture says this about desire (in general):
If it feels good do it. Desire can't be repressed; it has to be expressed. Nothing you ever want is wrong.
And here's how many of us interpreted desire based on what our churches had taught:
If it feels good, don't do it. Desire is evil. The highest calling in the Christian life is sacrifice.
Did the church have it right? Was desire evil? Obviously, I don't think so. I think we need desire for our lives of faith. But I also think there's incredible tension in the act of wanting - because it's not always easy to want God's will. Read the rest of my essay, "Jesus Never Said, 'Be True to Yourself'" here.