The average U.S. condom user is between the ages of 18 and 24 and about 70 percent of condom purchases are made by men. Nearly one million Americans are infected with HIV most of them through sexual transmission, and an estimated twelve million cases of other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur each year in the United States. People sexually active are encouraged to use condoms for birth control as well as the prevention of STD’s. It is predicted that condom sales will reach 6 Billion dollars in revenue by 2015 and should reach 27 Billion units by the same time period. HIV surveillance shows that 11 percent of all new AIDS cases are in people over the age of 50. Statistics also show that new AIDS cases rose faster in the over 50 population than in people under 40.
With these alarming statistics Healthcare professionals and others are constantly reminding people who are sexually active even those above 50 to make sure they are using condoms. I still ask the question why use a condom? One of the greatest and most pleasurable gifts that God gave to men and women is that of sex. It is one of the most fascinating, exhilarating, and most pleasurable activities that a man and woman can engage in. It is best experienced when the couple’s natural bodies come in contact and connect with each other naturally. Recently Bill Gates has offered $100,000.00 to the person or persons who create a more natural condom. Herein is where we have our problem no matter how hard the industry tries condoms just aren’t natural so why use them? Why because all over the world people are engaging in sex that God never intended for mankind to experience not alone practice on a regular basis. While condoms may have upwards to a 99% success rate when it comes to protecting users from STD’s it has 0% protection from the consequences and results of sin. I’ll say that again and quote myself “While condoms may have upwards to a 99% success rate when it comes to protecting users from STD’s it has 0% protection from the consequences and results of sin”.
Biblically if you were a man the only woman that it was acceptable for you to have sex with was your wife or your concubine anyone else was unacceptable and sinful. For women they were either the wife or concubine of the man that they had sex with, it was considered whoredom or adultery for them to have sex with any other man. In Biblical times men had multiple wives along with concubines. In our western culture today men only have one wife in other parts of the world Christian men are allowed to have more than one wife which is probably news to some. My question to women today why allow yourself to have sex with a single man? If he’s single there really is no reason that he can’t be your husband. In biblical times a man could not have concubines until he first had wives I’ll be liberal here if you can’t be a wife or concubine women why lay with a man who won’t legitimize the two of you being together sexually? Evidently you really don’t mean that much to him if he won’t make you his wife. While many church leaders and organizations today are quite vocal when it comes to abortion they are almost silent when it comes to the matter of premarital sex. In a 2011 CNN article it stated that 80 percent of unmarried evangelical young adults (18 to 29) said that they have had sex. 33% Percent of women surveyed had sex on their first online dating encounter according another survey . So see there is definitely a need for condom use because so many people are having sex that aren’t married.
My question is still out there why use a condom? I heard of a couple that got married and used condoms for10 years because of their prior sexual experiences before meeting each other. I commend them for doing this however how much better it would have been if they were able to share each other as God had intended on their wedding night. Condoms may protect you from STD’s but they prevent you from experiencing the full emotional, physical, and spiritual fulfillment that God intended for man and woman to have during sexual intercourse. As with all things God created sex is Good when done in the context that God created it for. If you need to use a condom unless it’s like the married couple mentioned or for Birth Control(another topic, another time) then you probably should not be having sex so why have it? Remember our scripture text (Hebrews 13:4) Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled, but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Everything is not always Black and White there are always Gray areas in life. However when we pray and study scripture the Holy Spirit will guide us as to what is acceptable in life Be Encouraged and Blessed Minister Mike.