Good Grief. Does late-stage Evangelicalism do anything other than validate our worst instincts?
I am a virgin by choice and will be until my wedding night. But if my future beloved has engaged in pre-marital affairs I do not consider that in itself to be a deal breaker. Why?
Because I believe in the power of restoration.
I believe that decisions of the past can remain there.
I believe that our pasts do not necessarily define our present.
I believe that the love of today is not necessarily tainted by relations of the past.
Fine words . . . and also empirically false. But the point is: given that Christian women are already eager to find reasons to ignore the boring lifelong churchgoers in their midst in favor of excitingly pre-selected men who show a glimmer of tame-ability, what kind of incentives are we presenting to young Christian men?
- Exercise extreme self-restraint (or alternatively, organize your life in such a way that self-restrain is seldom called upon) in a commitment to chastity and discover that not only will Christian girls hold your inexperience against you, but your own church’s leadership will discourage them from seeing even relative merit in your sacrifice; OR
- Enjoy both the physical pleasure and increased self-esteem that come from sexual conquest, and in the event you go to church to “find a nice girl and settle down”, you will enjoy better success precisely because of your prior (or “prior”) life of sin.
I can’t think of a better way of alienating the loyalty of the church’s young men.