If You Can’t Beat ‘Em…
For years, Christian pastors have urged their younger members to wait to have sex until they get married. Apparently realizing, finally, that the abstinence strategy isn’t as effective as it should be, some clergymen are now advocating marriage at an earlier age.
Something’s seriously wrong with this picture.
Approximately 80% of conservative Protestants between the ages of 18 and 23, in relationships and active in their faith had had premarital sex. Some clergy feel that the way to combat this ever-growing number is to intensify the teaching against sex before marriage. This, naturally, makes it that much more desirable to someone of that age.
Clergy on the other side of the argument seem to feel that since they’re not going to talk most kids out of sex, anyway, at least get them hitched early so that they can get it on without the guilt.
Yet young marriage is the number one predictor of divorce. Doesn’t sound like the right reason to marry to me.
In conservative Saudi Arabia, pre-marital sex is illegal, and unrelated men and women are not permitted to mingle at all. That apparently didn’t stop a man from doing it anyway, then boldly spreading TMI on state television. A clergyman there said this guy should be given a “deterring” punishment.
No telling what that might be.
If true love is really worth the wait, as many churches continually argue, it’s their job to talk about why waiting is better, not why sex is worse. It’s the same as any other kind of sin: you have to be honest about the temptation and dealing with it, not try to just sweep it under the rug.
Or down the aisle.