Q&A: Running On Empty

Q: Is it okay to take overnight trips together with my boyfriend, or are there other ways we can be appropriately “intimate” in the dating relationship?”

A: That’s a very timely question because many young people today are sexually active before marriage. I really think that’s a mistake and that it violates the basic concept of what the sexual part of a relationship is all about. I believe sex is designed by God to be reserved for marriage. So, I think it depends on the nature of the trip: Are you by yourselves? Staying in the same room? Having a sexual relationship? Or do you have separate rooms and are not sexually involved?

It’s a matter of taking seriously the scriptures and developing a relationship in a positive way as opposed to a way that will be detrimental to the future.