Does True Love Wait?
When the True Love Waits campaign came out I was a youth minister in Blue Mound, TX. I have taught it in all three churches I was a youth minister. In TLW the teens sign a pledge remain abstinenant until they get married. A recent study in Texas shows that when a young person makes a pledge to remain abstinenant they more likely to do so. Read the story here. I am amazed at the excuses believers will come up with not to remain pure. It is sin--plain and simple. On the ooze, I am amazed at "Full-time vocational ministers" think it is ok to have sex outside of marriage. I know several of my students who made the pledge but I have heard that they did not keep their promise to God. How sad. Sometimes I wonder if our faith really makes a difference. If we just do everything else that non-believers do-how will we win the world for Christ. The divorce rate among believers is as high as non-believers. Our faith should make us different. Our faith should make the world a better place. God's rules work--but only if we abide by them. True Love Waits works if the person making the pledge is a believer and trusts God to help them. The Silver Ring Thing is another option for churches to use. Maybe alternate TLW and the Silver Ring Thing every couple of years. My prayer is that we don't give up and teach our young people that God has a better plan than the lies that Hollywood is teaching.
posted by Kevin Bussey at 3/30/2006 10:31:00 AM