Kenneth L. Brokmeier
In the fall of 2014, a free new app called Good2Go became available for cell phones. Lee Ann Allman created Good2Go following conversations with her own college children about the problem of sexual assaults on university campuses.
The purpose of Good2Go is to make sure that casual sex between two people is consensual. Allman hopes that college students all across the country will download and use the app before engaging in sexual activity.
According to an online Sept. 30, 2014, Huffington Post article, only one person needs to have the app on his or her phone. Once a user decides to have sex with someone, he or she launches Good2Go and eventually gives the phone to the potential partner, at which time the app seeks consent by asking, “Are we Good2Go?”
The choices are (1) “No, thanks,” (2) “Yes, but . . . we need to talk,” or (3) “I’m Good2Go.” If the potential partner indicates he or she is Good2Go, the app asks if he or she is “Sober,” “Mildly Intoxicated,” “Intoxicated but Good2Go,” or “Pretty Wasted.” If one of the first three options is chosen, the user can give his or her consent. If “Pretty Wasted” is chosen, the app states the user cannot give his or her consent and is instructed to give the phone back to its owner.
In the article, Allman notes, “If the app becomes a tool that is adopted across campuses, we believe that it will reduce sexual assaults, unwanted or regretted encounters.”
Let me be clear and state that sexual assaults, wherever and whenever they occur, are wrong. In that sense I appreciate Good2Go’s efforts to try and prevent them. Critics, however, are quick to point out that rapists and sexual assailants are not likely to download this app to seek consent before violating someone else.
In that same article, Allman acknowledged that another purpose of the app is to teach young people “the language of affirmative consent.” The danger is that for all intents and purposes, as noble as this app might seem, Good2Go may be reduced to become yet another euphemism like “casual sex” or “hooking up”—a term for having sexual intercourse outside of marriage.
Such an attitude and approach stand in direct contradiction to God’s clear directives that “marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral” (Hebrews 13:4).
At Christmas we see a couple who understood God’s design and purpose for his gift of sex. Mary questioned how she would become pregnant, since she was a virgin (Luke 1:34). Joseph, after learning of Mary’s pregnancy and knowing he was not responsible, was going to divorce her. And when Joseph learned the true cause of Mary’s pregnancy, he did not engage in sexual intercourse with her until after Jesus was born (Matthew 1:18-25). Using God’s gifts properly is always best.
iTunes and Google pulled Good2Go about a month after its release—due to some potential privacy issues. Allman has resolved to create Version 2 that will settle those issues.
But rather than encouraging college students or others to download and use the latest version of Good2Go, maybe we should be zealous to speak with our children and others as advocates for God’s affirmative “Wait!”
God designed his precious gift of sexual intercourse to be used only within the bonds of marriage. This means that the consent—and a commitment—is given at the time of marriage, when a man and woman pledge themselves only to each other as husband and wife by vowing, “I will.”
Contributing editor Kenneth Brokmeier is pastor at Our Savior, Brookings, South Dakota.
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Author: Kenneth L. Brokmeier
Volume 102, Number 1
Issue: January 2015
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