I would assure them God’s grace was sufficient, but they remained doubtful.It’s the same with a number of my friends who knew me as an unbeliever.
This has had a profound, and perhaps unexpected, effect on young women that has not been ignored by feminists themselves. The downside is we’ve raised a generation of young women — and men — who don’t understand sexual ethics like: Don’t sleep with a married man; don’t sleep with a married woman; don’t embarrass people with whom you had a consensual sexual relationship.
“I think the tipping point came three or four years ago with the first generation to grow up with the Internet,” says feminist author Naomi Wolf. The feminist message of autonomy got filtered through a pornographized culture. They don’t see sex as sacred or even very important anymore. Sex has been commodified and drained of its deeper meaning” (Ibid., 16).
It’s a sweaty, unglamorous, long ride on a stationary bicycle.) It was 7 A. Normally I’m not shy about joining such conversations, but this time I was actually shocked into silence by their tales.
M., and after riding for an hour, everyone was wide-awake and engaging in small talk. I left that class burdened to pray for my instructor, her son, and his female “stalker.” For days I kept thinking about what I’d heard — especially the reactions of these parents, women who were probably proponents of and participants in the sexual revolution of the 60s and 70s.
It’s as though parents who work as journalists are just now discovering what their children are actually doing in our sex-saturated culture.
We really shouldn’t be surprised when we consider sex and the single woman in twenty-first-century American culture.Unfortunately, we are often parked on the “single” label — and not really trusting God with it.That makes it hard to share the gospel at times, doesn’t it?When an unbelieving client asked me out shortly after my conversion, my colleagues insisted I declare myself and my standards to him.“You have to tell him you’re not normal,” they said. If you’ve repented of your sins and put your trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ and his substitutionary death on the cross for the punishment of your sins, then you’re definitely not “normal.” Your identity has been reclaimed and reordered by the Lord.Your most important identity is as a Christian, ransomed by God himself.Second to that is your identity as a woman, made feminine and made in God’s image. But your status as a single adult could change several times within your lifetime, so that is the least important aspect of your identity.It doesn’t take most women long to figure out that sexual liberty is not the same thing as sexual equality.(Crittenden, Crittenden is right, but I don’t see where that revelation is inspiring any counterrevolution in our culture. The only key to true change is found in the power of the gospel.I received a rude awakening recently at a spinning class. The occasional serious male cyclist joined us when the weather was bad, but on this morning it was all women, with an unexpected kind of girl talk.(Yes, I’m a single woman, but don’t panic — this isn’t a class for practicing spinsters! ” “My son is being stalked — there’s really no other word for it — by this fifteen-year-old girl,” the instructor continued. I listened with serious concern — troubled at the reports I was hearing of life in twenty-first-century high school.