Last Tuesday at The Ave, I talked about God speaking a resounding ‘yes! it is good!’ to sex for women and men within enduring, covenantal relationships that we call marriage.
I mentioned in my talk that the Shepherd Express recently published the results from their annual Sex Survey in which they addressed the longevity of relationships for people in Milwaukee. You can read the sad results in this link (http://www.shepherd-express.com/3_17_05/newsandviews.htm), but let me summarize the results:
– 25% of people’s longest relationships lasted 2 to 4 years
– 20% of people’s longest relationships lasted 4 to 7 years
– 15% of people’s longest relationships lasted less than 1 year
While we don’t know what the other 40% of respondents said, we have here that 60% of people responding saw their most enduring relationship as 7 years or less. Wow!
When God outlined His intent for sexual union to be a reflection of enduring (that is, not short), covenantal (that is, binding in nature) relationships, the state of things is even more distressing.
What does it look like for us to be people who hold onto the ‘yes!’ of God about sex without dashing it to pieces within short-lived, uncommitted relationships?
We need His help! Thankfully, He is more than willing to help us because He loves to answer our cries to Him.