Focus on the Family’s community action affiliate Citizen Link issued a statement yesterday to “pray hard” for Justin Beiber, after he answered a question about sex before marriage from Rolling Stone in this way, “I think you should just wait for the person you’re…in love with.” He also said, “I don’t think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them.”
Chad Hills, writing for Citizen Link, asks whether Beiber’s statement should cause concern and then launches into a discussion about the difference between love as a feeling, versus love as a commitment. Obviously, commitment is the clear winner here.
The thing is, Beiber’s view is scriptural. Biblically, there is no separation between sex and marriage. So, the prepubescent teen idol is right, you should “wait for the person you’re in love with,” then, if and when you have sex with that person, know that you’re married, Biblically, and you have to commit! (Remember that, Justin and Selena!)
Of course, this isn’t the way we typically think of it, and to an extent, my tongue is in my cheek, but this reveals the way Christians have ceded marriage to the government. Sex before government marriage is a non-issue. And sex with or without government sanction is the consummation of Biblical marriage. Thus, there’s really no such thing as sex before marriage.
That being said, we should pray for Beiber, but his sex life needn’t be our primary concern.
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