[forthright] Rewards for Morality

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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2008 08:11:30 -0700 (PDT)
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Rewards for Morality 
 by Tim Hall

The Associated Press carried a story on October 23 that
seems most curious. A program called "Marriage
Appreciation Training Uplifting Relationship Education"
was highlighted. Based in Conyers, Georgia (near
Atlanta), the program is under the auspices of Rockdale
Medical Center. As you might suspect, MATURE is not a
religious effort.

Organizer Philippia Faust has offered a $10,000 reward
to a couple who plan to wed. The terms are simple: They
must live in one of three counties in the vicinity,
undergo marital counseling, and open their wedding to
the public. So far, so good.

Making the offer a little less attractive, apparently,
is the stipulation that no alcohol can be served at the
reception. One other qualification for the $10,000 is
what has made national headlines: The couple must agree
not to engage in premarital sex.

No couple has yet stepped forward to accept the
challenge. With the October 31 deadline fast
approaching Faust observed: "In our society it's going
to be hard to find" a couple that hasn’t had premarital
sex. Few would argue with her assessment.

The Bible's standards for sexual behavior are well
known: "Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed
undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will
judge" (Hebrews 13:4, NKJV). Within marriage sex may
rightfully be regarded as a gift from God. Outside of
marriage it is always sinful. That truth speaks to
premarital or extramarital sex.

The temptations facing young adults are strong. This
was true in Bible times, as well as today. Paul gave
clear counsel in 1 Corinthians 6:18: "Flee sexual
immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the
body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against
his own body." Few, however, respond as Joseph did when
confronted by an immoral woman (see Genesis 39:11-13).

If any engaged couples from DeKalb, Newton or Rockdale
counties in Georgia read this, consider this
opportunity to be rewarded for doing what is right.
Young couples everywhere, though, should realize the
superior heavenly rewards God has promised to those who
walk by his standards of morality.

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