There is no easy way to broach this subject, so we might as well dive into it.
It is just 3 letters, S-E-X, yet very powerful.
When I first mentioned to a friend that I’m writing about the types of questions you should ask before saying “I Do” and mentioned “sex,” she was somewhat surprised that these questions would be brought up before marriage – and I know exactly where she’s coming from.
As a born again and spirit-filled Christian that isn’t engaging or participating in anything of a sexual nature before wedlock, how can you talk about S-E-X?
Well, there are ways to talk about sex without it being sexual. This is not a conversation to have in your “boudoir” with Marvin Gaye playing in the background. You must be conscious of every appearance of evil.
God created sex, and it is a good thing. God is not in the habit of creating bad stuff. I have heard people say that the Church has an obligation to talk more about these issues. However, we have become a nation of people who love passing on our personal responsibilities to others. What next are we going to ask the Church to do, give us sex lessons? Oh, please, don’t get me started!
I beg to differ, it is a sensitive subject, and I surely do not want to have these discussions in the same room as my friend’s parent, huh! Anyway, back to the discussion at hand.
Why discuss sex? Communication is an essential part of marriage.
The Bible says: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Genesis 2:24
The goal is to become ONE. For that to happen, there has to be a lot of letting go of how it was done in the past. We have to start afresh and learn together as one.
The word “cleave” means to cut off, cling to, hold on to, separate from the old, and embrace the new. To put behind you everything you knew before, every habit, every way of doing it with others. To start afresh with your new partner, learn together, and be one.
Therefore, you need to discuss sex, and here are several good reasons why:
Your future partner (FP) may be sexually more advanced than you. It would help if you found out what his/her expectations are.
What if your FP has what you may consider as ‘sick fantasies’? You will need to flesh them out before you say, “I Do.”
You need to know about their sexual appetite – i.e., how frequently you are expected to do the “marital dance.”
What kind of dance do they have in mind, is it the Tango, Waltz, Quickstep or the Paso Doble? This is the time to lay it all out, what you will and will not engage in.
Sex should be between a man and a woman, but you may be surprised to find out that your Christian FP may also think it’s okay to bring visual aids, such as porn or making your own “home movies” into your marital bedroom. You need to know right now before you say, “I Do.” We are all at different levels in our walk of faith; do not ever assume that they do not have an obscure way of thinking because they are believers. FYI: You are not marrying Jesus.
Children love roleplaying, but what if your ‘mature’ FP still wants to role-play? Are you game for playing nurse or patient or maybe daffy duck? Huh!
Will they be willing to have a blood test done before you say ”I Do”?
Are they on the sex offenders register for something they had done in the past before coming to the Lord? This is a must for single moms.
I watched a disturbing documentary about this issue when a pedophile bounded with a single mom; she ended marrying the man because of his relationship with her child, only discovering the damage he had done.
It is also important to find out if they’d ever engaged in same-sex relationships or fantasized about it.
Be clear about what your boundaries are and make it plain.
How comfortable is your FP about talking about sex? What else are they not comfortable discussing with you? After all, you guys are planning to spend the rest of your lives together.
What if they don’t want to engage in sex at all? Shocking! Right? You’ll never know until you ask before you say ”I Do”.
If you think these questions are unnecessary or difficult to discuss before you say “I Do,” then maybe you are not ready to say “I Do” just yet.
(This is Part 2 of 5 series of Before “I Do”)