The last time the BYU men’s basketball team was this good was 23 years ago. The number 3 ranked cougars have had an incredible year and were most likely going to be one of the number 1 seeds going in the “the big dance,” the NCAA Basketball Tournament (aka March Madness). Everything was looking great until Brandon Davis, a key part of their team, was suspended. Davis had been averaging over 11 points, 6.2 rebounds, and was a dominant defensive force. In the first game without him, his presence was greatly missed and the cougars went down 82-64 to a very average and unranked New Mexico team, which was BYU’s worst loss of the season. This was the first home loss they have had all year long.
There has been a pouring out of emotions over Brandon Davis’ suspension. The majority of people are very upset about this situation and feel Davis has the right the play. In a recent poll conducted by New York Daily news, 57% did not think he should have been suspended (NYdailynews). So, what did Davis do that was so bad? He had premarital sex with his girlfriend.
BYU is a Mormon school. According to their honor code, any premarital sex is prohibited and is subject to punishment. In Davis’ case, he was suspended from the team and will not be allowed to play for the rest of year. Despite this rule, most people are looking at this situation and saying, “This is ridiculous! It’s college! What did you expect? Guys are guys. You can’t put those kinds of rules on people!” Since his basketball team has been so good and this situation has been so influential, this has truly been a life-changing mistake.
Since this story has come out, media sources like ESPN, radio stations, newspapers, and blogs have been bashing BYU for this rule. Even though people are upset and this will probably ruin their championship hopes, I applaud BYU. While there are certainly many parts of the Mormon doctrine that are in direct violation of the Bible, this one is 100% correct. The Bible clearly states that fornication, which generally is defined as sex outside of marriage, is a sin (1 Corinthians 6:9; Matthew 15:19-20; Acts 15:20; etc). Hebrews 13:4 states, “Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled, for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” The way that we dishonor the marriage bed is though premarital sex and adultery.
Between 1954-2003, Lawrence B. Finer did a study about the “Trends in Premarital Sex in the United States.” He found out that by age 20, 75% had had premarital sex, and by age 44, 95% had had sex before marriage. After finding these results, Finer stated, “This is reality-check research. Premarital sex is normal behavior for the vast majority of Americans, and has been for decades” (Click Here For Full Study). It’s no wonder people disagree with suspending Brandon Davis. The overwhelming majority of our culture believes premarital sex is okay.
Our society is becoming more sinful all the time. Clearly our culture approves of and participates in premarital sex. This is a good time for us to be reminded that while we are in this world, we are not to follow the world in their sins (John 15:18-19; Romans 12:2; 1 Peter 1:13-14). Our culture endorses premarital sex, God clearly does not. If we wish to please God, we must stand against our culture on issue like these. Standing with our culture and even doing what they think is right would not only be a life changing mistake, but quite possibly a mistake that changes our eternity.
Despite what everyone else is saying, BYU was absolutely right in having and enforcing this rule. I applaud BYU’s courage to have a rule like this, uphold this rule, and standing against all the negative weight our culture has placed on them. Shouldn’t we also stand against our culture like this? Everyday more people are straying away from the Bible and standing with our culture in sin. When all of the cards are laid, where will we stand? Will we stand with our culture, or will we stand with God?