Should You Give Up Your Virginity on Prom Night?
The biggest night so far, that is.
The exhilaration of the “biggest night of your life” can inspire teenagers to do crazy things, like, oh I don’t know, give up their virginity.
Here are three reasons why you might not want to do that, no matter how “magical” the evening, no matter how “right” it feels, no matter how “long” you’ve been waiting.
If you’re attending your senior prom this year, you’re likely no older than 18. That means by your prom night you will probably have lived barely one fourth of your life.
Here’s the simple math:
18 years old now
18 more years takes you to 36
18 additional years gets you to 54
+18 more and you’ll be…
72 years old
Or for those who prefer advanced math:
18 years old now
72 years old in three more 18-year-old lifespans
I know, it’s hard to imagine turning 72. That’s hard for me to imagine for myself and I’m closer to 18×3 than I am 18 x 2. However, consider this:
I would be a blooming idiot to jeopardize the peace and joy of my remaining years on this planet by cheating on my wife and family now.
What’s true for me is even more true for you, because you likely have far more of your lifetime left to regret today’s mistakes than I do. And if you’re thinking, “Well it wouldn’t be cheating since I’m not married yet,” you need to face the truth that cheating is cheating: whether it’s carried out before, during or after the test… or marriage.
You feel like you’ve been waiting so long? You think it won’t be that big a deal to give yourself away; the part of yourself that belongs to your future spouse; your body which is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit (if you belong to Christ)?
You’re only 18! You don’t have your entire life ahead of you, but you do have the vast majority of it left to live, so please don’t cheat your God out of the delight of your faithful obedience and yourself out of a greater future joy!
50+ years of regret will make 18 years of longing look like nothing. Which leads us to…
As the philosopher, George Santayana, so eloquently put, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” So I encourage you to learn from the lessons of history, particularly the history of the important mentors in your life. Ask those adults you respect, how important their prom experience was in their life.
Odds are you won’t come across a single person who says anything along the lines of…
“Yep! It was the night of my life. Gave up my virginity and it was so worth it. I reminisce about it all the time.
College graduation was meh; my wedding night, OK; the birth of my first child, worthy of note; but then every day of their life after birth is basically just a build-up to their own prom. You know what I mean?
Life is pretty much prom and then everything else.”
Despite Santayana’s quote, you can’t literally repeat your senior prom, but you do have to live with the memories, so make them ones you actually can reminisce about with your future spouse and children.
There’s a lot of chemistry going on in your brain when you’re in love. It can make you crazy. Not certifiable, but definitely as impaired as someone under the influence of narcotics.
Add to that the neurological impact of sexual touch and you can feel like you’re being pulled out to sea by a tide you can’t resist.
Of course, God made sexual intercourse to be like this. He designed the entire sexual experience, from foreplay to climax, to be an unparalleled act of blissful surrender and wild abandonment. That’s one of the reasons it’s so often portrayed (and pornified) in pop music, film and television.
Think about it. Letting yourself get carried out to sea when you can’t even swim isn’t a recipe for blissful surrender. It’s a prescription for promptly drowning.
Whether you’re talking about the science behind gravity, ocean tides or sexual attraction, you can attempt to defy the laws of nature, but in the end science will win and you will lose.
So be smart and keep your dating life out in the open, so sexual temptation can’t get the better of you.
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