I grew up in the area of True Love Waits pledge cards, Brio magazine, and Superchick singing about princes starting as frogs. Saving sex for marriage was practically drilled into my head. Looking back, one strange thing I remember was that there was a huge emphasis on “if he loves you, he’ll wait”. Notice, the idea is that he’ll wait because you want to…not because he sees the value in it or wants to wait himself. Over and over I read lists of ways to tell a guy “no”, tactics for making sure you didn’t “go too far”, etc. I remember distinctly feeling like the overarching message was that guys, even good Christian ones, had no self-control. It was up to us women to set and stick to standards…up to us to not let our raging hormones take things too far.
In certain Conservative homeschool circles, this idea has been taken as far as to include both sexes. Apparently nobody can have convictions and standards and stick to them…hence the need for these people called “chaperones”. Because, we all know that when we get married all temptations and the need for self-control suddenly disappears. NOT!!!
You know what, though? It doesn’t have to be that way, nor should it. Ladies, I want you to know that before my husband and I were married I never had to tell him “no” or “stop”…never had to argue to him the merits of “waiting”. You see, the truth is that if a guy actually has a real, active relationship with the Lord and is pursuing Him daily, he won’t be some brainless, hormone-controlled, sex-obsessed ape. A guy that’s really seeking the Lord will have his own convictions and standards. A guy worth giving a second glance will be actively fleeing temptation on his own. Sure, we all slip up and make mistakes, but a man who has the Holy Spirit living within him will never pressure you, rely on you to keep things in check, or be unable to control himself. A man after God’s own heart will not just submit to your convictions in this area…he will take the lead himself.
Bottom Line: A man worthy of your heart will be controlled by the Holy Spirit living within him…not by his hormones. Don’t settle for less, Ladies.