Sex in a box.

sbThat’s the premise of a new reality TV show premiering on WE tv on Feb. 27.

These “troubled” couples of all orientations will spend time together in a soundproof shelter while a panel of experts talk about their relationship. Then as the couple emerges from the sex box, they share all about the experience and their relationship in front of a live studio audience.

MTV offered, “Gear up, guys: This may be the pinnacle of reality television.”

DailyMail.com summarized, “Is this America’s most risqué reality show yet?”

Time Magazine believes, “The real problem with Sex Box is that it’s boring.”

Before you add your two cents, consider the other side of sex box… the ancient Jewish version… sort of.

Consummating a marriage in the ancient era was believed by many to have been a part of a typical public wedding ceremony. After the events that took place under the Chuppah canopy, the bride and groom would be escorted to the Yichud Room. Here, they spend at least eight minutes alone, with the door locked from the inside. Sexual consummation could occur here, for the party waited until the couple emerged. What typically happened was the couple engaged in holy activities – from breaking their fast, to speaking a blessing.

There is obviously a huge difference between these two intimate shelters. The former seems to be more about the spectacle of reality television, while the latter may not even be a sex box at all… it could be, but what is clearer is that it’s meant to be a God-honoring moment of marriage.

What do you think about any of this?

The new reality TV show Sex Box has eyebrows raised. Does it bear any similarity to that ancient Jewish wedding custom, though?

P.S. If you’re looking for a great curriculum on this theme, I’d suggest the Pure Sex materials by Craig Gross and Cris Clapp Logan.

 

Today’s Deal of the Day from Simply Youth Ministry is the Volunteer’s Back Pocket Guide to Sex by Craig Gross. Until midnight tonight it is just $2.99 – and a great resource to get in the hands of your team as they talk about God’s plan for their sex life.

Teenagers live in a sex-saturated world. And for many of them, sex has become a purely physical act, fully divorced from spirituality, love, and commitment. Sex, pornography, and “hooking up” are all met with the same response: “It’s no big deal.”

Too many of our students don’t know where to turn to learn about sex, leaving many feeling confused, fearful, and alone. Teenagers who struggle with sexual addiction or unhealthy patterns don’t know how to find freedom and healing from the choices they’ve made, and they’re afraid the church will label them as perverts if they’re open and honest about their deepest struggles.

But amidst these sobering realities, there is good news: Youth workers are on the front lines of the battle to shape, challenge, and encourage teenagers toward sexual wholeness and purity. The Volunteer’s Back Pocket Guide to Sex will help you as you aid students in navigating a path that honestly addresses all the challenges they might face, while honoring God along the way.

Authors Craig Gross—founder of XXXchurch.com—and Cris Clapp Logan—an Internet safety expert, artist, and writer—don’t sugarcoat the realities, and they don’t hold back in bluntly, honestly tackling the toughest topics, including pornography, sexuality, masturbation, and purity. Using God’s truth as the foundation for the conversation, they’ll equip you with practical information and powerful strategies to help you become a volunteer youth worker who helps teenagers live wisely and walk in freedom!

JG