Powerful Evidence

The Wall Street Journal just last Friday published an article by Donna Freitas which makes my heart hurt for the kids I play ultimate frisbee with at Furman and other area schools.

Freitas presents more evidence that the sexual revolution has brought the consequences that sin brings in God’s economy. I and my fiancée live in a fantasy land that many of these kids can only dream of—and do in fact wish for.

Says Freitas:

After conducting a national college survey of over 2,500 students, I found that among those who reported “hooking up”—a range of sexually intimate acts, from kissing to intercourse, that occur outside a committed relationship—at Catholic and nonreligious private and public colleges and universities, 41% are profoundly upset about their behavior. The 22% of respondents who chose to describe a hook-up experience (the question was optional) used words like “dirty,” “used,” “regretful,” “empty,” “miserable,” “disgusted,” “ashamed,” “duped” and “abused” in their answers. An additional 23% expressed ambivalence about hooking up, and the remaining 36% were more or less “fine” with it. And 45% of students at Catholic and 36% at nonreligious private and public schools say that their peers are too casual about sex. Not a single person at these schools said that their peers valued saving sex for marriage, and only 7% said that they felt that their friends wanted to reserve sex for committed, loving relationships.

Freitas’ students even liked Josh Harris!

The class was equally attracted to some evangelical dating manuals, like “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” by Joshua Harris and “Real Sex” by Lauren Winner, that I asked them to read. They seemed shocked that somewhere in America there are entire communities of people their age who really do “save themselves” until marriage, who engage in old-fashioned dating with flowers and dinner and maybe a kiss goodnight.

Author: Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

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