When Paul says that believers need to be equally yoked with others - he isn't talking exclusively about marriage. God bestows on you awesome mysterious power to become one with someone else. You're telling your Christian girls not to be unequally yoked but also telling them to hope for their future spouse but you know that there's not enough christian men for every christian woman in the church.
He's just talking about our close partnerships with anyone in our lives. You don't have to travel the world or pray really hard or scour the internet to find "the one" for you. So why aren't we talking more about celibacy and singleness? Christianity can be summed up in a continual, daily, surrendering to God.
I met a drunk girl on the streets of my hometown one day while out with a friend. She said, "I've had sex with a lot of people - but I've never made love with anyone." She had decided... There is no such thing as "friends with benefits."The thing is... You'd never compare it to someone who broke their arm once. People who are raped or molested experience physical pain, psychological pain, emotional pain, and spiritual pain. One of my youth told me a story about a girl who (Before I came to this church) asked, "Where in the Bible does it say that people can't have sex until marriage?
and culture had taught her that sex can be purely physical. our culture agrees with this (unless it's inconvenient for them). " And apparently (so the story goes) no one could answer her.
Most of the time we reserve saying "I love you" until things get more serious.
Doesn't Paul say: Whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do it for the glory of God?
We need to teach our students that thoughtless dating is not God honoring.
So many times I've met Christian teens who are dating someone they know they would never marry.
Christians aren't called to live for the temporary. then homosexuals are marrying someone else's future spouse that was never intended for them.
Christians don't treat others as objects to be consumed. If that's the case then their original partner that they should've married will go on to marry someone else (who also was meant for someone else). Our value isn't based on who we are or what we do but it's based on who God is and God is love and God is unchanging and so God will always love us and that will never change. It's all in this handy dandy and FREE relationship talk.