Sex and Intimacy

Sex Outside of Marriage. Why’s It Worth the Risk?

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Being that this week, we’re talking about why people rush into physical intimacy and stats show that more than half of sexually active people ages 18-24 are engaging in intercourse either casually or with a dating partner (in other words, they’re not a serious relationship, let alone a marital covenant), I thought it was interesting that when I read an article entitled, “40 Signs You’re in a Healthy Relationship“, *only two of them* even remotely referenced sexual activity.

My point? Well, if sex is becoming more and more of a focal point in a “relationship”, and over half of the “situations” involving sex are not even serious enough to be considered a relationship at all, what role does sex really play? These days. In other words, what purpose, other than the obvious of physical pleasure, is it really serving? Especially for one’s betterment.

Cause here’s the thing: when you check out Genesis, where sex was biblically introduced, it *clearly states* this: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” (Genesis 2:24-25). According to the Word, which is God (John 1:1), this was to be the formula for sex. A man was to leave his parents, join with his wife and through the act of intercourse, they would become one and be naked and not ashamed.

I learned in English class, many years ago, that “and” is a conjunction. In other words, all of that works together. SEX AND MARRIAGE WORK TOGETHER. Ever play the Milton Bradley game, Jenga? Exactly. You pull one piece out and it could cause the entire puzzle, or in the context of this blog, relationship to crumble. Especially if it’s casual. Yet, even if it’s not. Yep, even if you love the person, but there is no covenant in place, the stakes are really high and the odds of ending up devastated are…very real (I wrote an entire book to prove it!)

And yet, people continue to take the risk. To abuse (abnormally use) sex anyway. They continue to focus on two things that compromise a relationship while ignoring the other 38. Eating the icing without trying out the cake…so-to-speak.

Why is that? And really…*is it ever worth it?*

This article was originally published here and is used with permission.

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