Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Why Young Christians Aren't Waiting Anymore

Short article, good read. Brings up a critical point in the fight for abstinence: people are marrying later nowadays 

Excerpt from article below:

Yet the article also asks a question that rarely comes up in discussions about abstinence movement. Relevant notes that in biblical times, people married earlier. The average age for marriage has been increasing in the U.S for the last 40 years.
Today, it’s not unusual to meet a Christian who is single at 30 - or 40 or 50, for that matter. So what do you tell them? Keep waiting?
Scot McKnight, author of “The Jesus Creed,” and "One.Faith: Jesus Calls, We Follow," acknowledges that young, single Christians face temptations that their counterparts in the biblical age didn’t face.
He  tells Relevant:
Sociologically speaking, the one big difference – and it’s monstrous – between the biblical teaching and our culture is the arranged marriages of very young people. If you get married when you’re 13, you don’t have 15 years of temptation.

What is the answer? Why are Christians waiting so long to marry? What isn't marriage appealing anymore?  Are the young men getting their physical needs met with no strings attached--leaving them with no hurry? Are the young ladies looking for someone with wealth--passing all the faithful, humble men by, who can only provide enough? Has materialism infiltrated their young hearts? 

According to the article, 80% of young, unmarried evangelicals have had sex.

Depressing news, yes. But God is big enough to set our own children apart, friends! We must pledge to stand with them, never leaving them vulnerable. We must teach our girls that, unquestionably, they are worth waiting for...that God's plan is beautiful. And to our boys, we must teach the same, as well as the principal that each girl belongs to God. They may not steal.

We must spend time with our children, filling up their emotional cups, so they won't look elsewhere for a false filling. Family is a formidable force. Outside of the Holy Spirit's power and our prayers, family is the strongest weapon we have against Satan.

Let's look at every aspect of our lives, identifying all the things that weaken our family bond.

Then, eradicate. One by one. Let's make family a rock for our children!

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