On PowerTalk with Lorraine Jacques-White today’s topic struck interest in our callers when we addressed celibacy and what the true definition of celibacy means and what does it mean to men and men in the black community. Can men really be celibate until marriage?
Celibacy is defined (from Latin, cælibatus) as a state of being unmarried and sexually abstinent, usually in association with the role of a religious official or devotee. In its narrow sense, the term is applied only to those for whom the unmarried state is the result of a sacred vow, act of renunciation, or religious conviction. Celibacy has existed in one form or another throughout history and in virtually all the major religions of the world. Celibacy is distinct from the lack of interest in sex, which may be due to a number of reasons, such as asexuality.
Our PowerTalk audience had mix emotions towards this topic, they felt that men in today’s society can be celibate until marriage and others disagreed. In the black culture being celibate has a bit of stigma attached to it especially for young men who are often judged by how many women they have had under their belts.
Understand we live in a sexually-driven society and now sex has been popularize to the point where it has lost the value, essence and the true definition of sex which is to reproduce.
It’s an old-school philosophy in a new-age era, celibacy challenges couples to abstain from sex and focus on building substantial relationships that are deeper, more spiritual, and ultimately more rewarding for a lifestyle that empowers people to make good decisions about relationships and moving forward.
One of the reasons celibacy is an important alternative is, over 70 percent of Black kids are born into single-family households with the HIV and AIDs crisis. Practicing celibacy or becoming celibate can be a tool that can make a difference in the future and has already been deeply embraced within the Black community.
If you are considering celibacy we give you words of encouragement if you are someone who may be facing scrutiny for their choice to embrace celibacy we want you to know that we are committed in supporting you in your journey.
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