I'm excited about the series we're doing at Elevate this month. Over the past few months I have been hearing about how students are more sexually active than ever. I'm burdened for students who are following the lie of, "whatever feels good, do it." I've been reading lately some of the book, "The Five Love Languages." It is a great read and I encourage you to get a copy. In the book it talks about the first stage of love. We will call it "obsessive" love. This is the type of love that most students have in high school for their boyfriend/girlfriend. This obsessive love is where they lose sight of reality and believe the person is perfect! The feeling of "butterflies" is the driving force of the relationship.
If only we moved past this type of love in relationships we would see marriages last. I am not just talking about middle school/high school crushes. I believer we must teach and model to students that they are made to love God with undying passion. Instead of focusing their entire adolescent years on another boy/girl that they are blindly obsessed with, instead, they could be reaching their friends for Christ and preparing for marriage. Am I saying that students aren't supposed to date? No, but I do encourage them to focus their time and energy on God's will for their lives and not to go out seeking out a date. Why? Because most adolescent relationships do not end in marriage. I know people who have met in high school and have good marriages.
God's passion is for students to fall more in love with Him first before they are able to truly love someone else.
My prayer is that students will grab onto Revolutionary Purity and fall in love with Jesus more and more each day. My prayer is that students will grow up and have meaningful, Christ-centered marriages. My prayer is that students will rise up and stand for the truth in order to glorify God.
This verse is the backing of Revolutionary purity:
Matthew 22:37 (esv) "And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."
What do you think about relationships/purity in youth culture?
What is our response as leaders to the "obsessive love" in youth culture?