Should True Love Wait?

Before someone stone’s me for the title, the answer is “yes,” but it’s not as easy as it seems. Read on…

Here’s an incredible article by CNN on Why Young Christians Aren’t Waiting Anymore, which they got from Relevant Magazine’s article “(Almost) Everyone’s Doing It.”

First read the article.

What do you think? Facts are facts. What can the local church do to help? Can the local church help?

Is there anything you think children’s pastors and leaders can do to help?

Is it as simple as informing teenagers and parents? I have a feeling it’s deeper than that, though I’m not 100% sure. The article brings up great points about how our culture waits much longer than perhaps we were even created to wait. What are your thoughts on that?

If that’s the case, it’s probably next to impossible to change that part of culture. So, how do you fix a problem when maybe the root of the problem cannot be addressed?

What do you think of this comment:
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. -Relevant Magazine

I’d love to get your thoughts on this!!

PJ

1 comment

  1. Maybe I’m a weirdo but I do think that the years of unnecessary temptation CAN be addressed. It doesn’t need to be an area of culture that is untouched or unchanged. Sometimes the problem is literally that people just need to get married instead of dating/being engaged for years and years. Obviously every situation is unique- but overall it has become more the norm to hold off marriage and as a result the old “norm” of expecting people to wait has kind of gone out the window. It is better to marry than to “burn” and I don’t think that young marriage is or should be a thing of the past. It’s not a one-size fits all solution either, but it can be part of the puzzle. I have met far too many Christian parents who would rather their young adult kids date/be engaged for years and years (knowing full well that they likely are not waiting) than for them to get married before they’ve accomplished a set of earthly goals set in place by them. Great food for thought though and a very difficult topic to bring up at all.

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