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This article is the background behind a T-Shirt that we have designed that says: "Sex before marriage is like used duct tape"
At some point in the nurturing of children, there comes a time when the subject of sex is introduced into the family dialog. Of course this is never a convenient topic and is usually right after the prayer at dinner. Sometime after, “Please pass the mashed potatoes,” the question is asked, “why are boys different than girls?”
As the siblings grow older, the questions become a little more complicated. Then, when you think you’ve arrived at the level of a medical doctor and gynecologist, you realize that they already know what you are trying to tell them because they have heard it from their classmates.
Our family openly discussed issues concerning sex. We, my husband and I, wanted our children to feel free to come to us with their questions and comments. I do believe that God helps parents who want to guide their offspring into adulthood with Christian values.
One of the God-given creative ideas that my husband used many times was that sex before marriage is like used duct tape.
One day, when our family was having a pow-wow, he took a piece of duct tape and put it across the carpet. He ripped it off. Then, he put it on a chair and ripped it off. After several times of using the tape, he put it on my son’s arm. “How do you think this will feel if I rip it from your arm?” he asked my son.
“It will hurt,” he said.
Without saying another word, my husband ripped the tape from my son’s arm without it hurting at all.
“It didn’t hurt,” my son told his dad.
“No, the tape had been used so many times that it has lost its stickiness,” my husband told him.
He went on to tell our kids, “In the same way, when you are sexually active before you are married, you won’t stick together. If you try it out on one person and then another, you are like this piece of duct tape. You’ll lose your ability to stick. God intends for marriage to be a time when a couple can find each other and explore the beauty of each other in the bonds of matrimony. Sex, at that time, can be a beautiful thing with the blessings of God.”
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