The Abstinence Movement has Failed

Once again, I am linking to Al Mohler's blog... In Mohler's most recent post, "The Case for Early Marriage," he discusses an article in Christianity Today which basically asserts that the abstinence movement has failed. Studies show that 8 out of 10 young evangelicals are having sex before marriage. The author of the Christianity Today article suggests this is because today's young adults are waiting too long to marry. He says, "I am suggesting that when people wait until their mid-to-late 20s to marry, it is unreasonable to expect them to refrain from sex. It's battling our Creator's reproductive designs." He goes on to add that our 20's represent a time of "peak sexual interest and fertility."

It's important to note the author is not excusing pre-marital sex, but instead is encouraging young adults to get married when they know they love each other, rather than follow the societal trend of putting marriage off. All in all, it is a fascinating (and sure to be controversial) concept.

As many of you know, Rachel and I got married when we were very young. (I was 20, Rachel was 19.) Should our children find the love of their life at an early age, we will give them our blessing to do the same.