I’ve been an (adult) member of a church since 1997, so I experienced the Christian dating scence up close and personal for many years. And, as scary as it is on the ‘outside’ (in the world), it sometimes seemed even scarier on the inside. We think when we are newly saved that God will send the man or woman of our dreams who will respect our boundaries, fall in love, commit and then we will get married. Or we think that dating a nice Christian brother or sister will somehow be significantly different than dating someone who doesn’t know Christ. And it is in many ways. You have someone who understands your commitment to God, that hopefully enjoys church as much as you do and can be counted on to help you get through your crisis. But many times these relationships don’t work out. So we turn to Plan B.
Which I call ‘Witnessing From the Bedroom.”
What exactly is Witnessing From the Bedroom? When we begin to date in the hopes of getting married, but get distracted, side-tracked and caught up in the sexual relationship. Somehow, we think that, okay, if I stick with this for a while, he (or she) will eventually come to realize they love me and that they want to take this relationship further. That by giving my body to him or her (or providing a sexual service for him or her), I am showing my seriousness and tying him or her closer to me.
I only have one thing to say about this practice: it doesn’t work.
If a man or woman want to commit to you, they will. Sex does not make anyone more committed. Sex will not make anyone stay in a relationship with you. And, finally, sex is not an effective means of taking the relationship to the next level. Sex in the wrong context is just that – sex. A meaningless physical act between two people.
I’m not one of those people who talk about being a born-again Virgin or the evils of fornication (we all know that sex in a loving, married relationship is a thing of Beauty as God created it to be), but I am one of those people who say: Be Smart! Take care of yourself and your body. And recognize the consequences of your actions when you engage in a sexual relationship with another person.
Next time, I will talk about the physical, emotional and spiritual changes that come when you are sexually involved with another person.
Until then – Be Blessed!