Young Christians are caving to social standards that differ from their biblical backgrounds
In a time when arranged alliances and pre-teen marriages
were common, the issue of pre-marital sex was uncommon. But in a society like
today’s, where sex is played up and a standardized, young Christians are
following more and more into step with what has become ‘socially acceptable.’
That is the connotation an article in the evangelical
magazine Relevant suggests. Entitled, “(Almost) Everyone’s Doing It,” the
article offers information and statistics collected from a multitude of sources
including, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. One of the studies conducted by this
organization found that 80 percent of young, unmarried evangelicals (ages
18-29) have had sex, only slightly lower than the 88 percent of young adults in
this same age range.
Movements such as “True Love Waits” have been recently popular
on high school and college campuses, focusing on bringing awareness to the ever
growing trend of fornication. Yet purity rings, virginity pledges, and other
forms of public pronouncements of chastity are more often than not, abandoned.
Relevant columnist, Tyler Charles, interviewed 20-year Maria
Kearn. As an evangelical Christian college student who desired to abstain from
sex till marriage, Kearn never anticipated her decision to have sex with her first
college boyfriend, Matt. “It seemed everyone in my life, older and younger, had
“done it.” In fact, I waited longer than most people I knew and longer than
both of my sisters, even though we were all Christians and came from a good
home,” stated Kearn.
So why are young Christians having sex? A saturation of sex
into today’s popular culture and the publicity of pornographic material are
only theoretical, but it is undeniable that sex doesn’t discriminate. Christian
or non-religious, sex has become a casual occurrence—one that is currently phasing
into younger generations. Temptation is defined as something having an appeal;
is what society defines sex as, appealing? Or has an individual system of
beliefs been completely removed from the equation?