This was posted by my friend Kameron on his site Snowed In. I love the point of this story. We all need to read and pay attention to what he saying here.
Don’t just read it here, check out Kameron’s site, Snowed In. There are a variety of topics here for all of us to enjoy.
Why You Shouldn’t Wait For Marriage
The title of this post may seem like I’m going to launch into a neo-Christian heresy about how the Greek root of such-and-such word actually means that we can have sex whenever we want, and waiting for marriage is a sham. But that’s not what this post is about, so you can put away your pitchforks and douse your torches.
Should you wait for marriage to have sex? Yes, that’s so soundly Biblical it’s not even open for debate. But there are good reasons on WHY we should wait and there are bad reasons.
A lot of girls were sold on a deal and not on a Savior. “[emphasis added]”
There is a longstanding movement to sign the little pledge card, put on your purity ring, and then commit to waiting for marriage, which is awesome, because you should wait to have sex until you’re married. But inadvertently, that little card or purity ring comes to mean something else entirely, that you’re making a deal with God by exchanging your patience for His promise. But it doesn’t work that way. Waiting for marriage is about glorifying God in Christ through obedience; not a leverage mechanism for forcing a spouse out of God.
Being Single Is Tough
I deeply sympathize with my brothers and sisters in Christ who are patiently searching for a spouse. But even for those married or engaged couples, marriage is not the end goal. Christ is. It’s so easy to let our perceptions of our own happiness cloud what we really, truly need, which is Christ.
As humans, we often put our faith in Christ on a conditional basis; contingent upon our circumstances. When our circumstances change, our faith wavers. And in this case, faith becomes attached to waiting for a spouse, and when one doesn’t show up, the faith disappears.
I guess the point is that we are fulfilled in Christ already and marriage will not change that. We have everything we need in Him. Just like Ephesians 1:3 says, we have been blessed with ALL blessings in Christ. We have it all.
Don’t Give Up
So I just want to say, don’t give up. Don’t make your faith in Christ contingent on a circumstance in your life, because He actually is working everything for your good, if you love Him (Romans 8:28). Wait because it matters to God, but don’t wait because you think you can store up brownie points with Jesus that you can eventually cash in for a spouse.
That’s it. I hope I came across well, but please sound off in the comments if you have a different perspective!