Moriah Peters Talks “American Idol,” Saving First Kiss and Waiting for Your Holy Hunk

    Ladies, I have a really cool Caught Being Godly for you this week. It features singer/songwriter Moriah Peters (she’s married to For King & Country’s Joel Smallbone). I love her story and her desire to remain devoted to God and His Word, regardless of the pressures that her career path brought upon her.

    Moriah was a contestant on American Idol. Unfortunately—actually, fortunately—she didn’t get far. Instead, the show’s judges criticized her Christian values and her desire to save her first kiss until marriage. Their advice is reflective of many people in society today. Check out her testimony on I Am Second!

    There will be times in your life in which you will be faced with a choice that will make or break your career while compromising your faith. Will you do it?

    We recently read a post about saving your first kiss until marriage. I know some of you ladies find this difficult, but when you see the before-marriage and after-marriage clips, and the joy that Moriah shares with her audience, you’ll be motivated to follow through with your own vows of purity.

    Check out this second clip of Moriah at a show as she talks about her faith and her beliefs, and waiting for your “holy hunk.” Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments below!

    Saving your first kiss doesn’t make you a prude, no matter what some of your peers may say in criticism of your choice. And not dating until you’re ready to get married is a mature and smart way of approaching relationships. When Moriah met the judges of American Idol, their “worldly” advice went against everything that she stood for. And she wasn’t tempted to follow it. Instead, it made her feel uncomfortable and she recognized that it wasn’t reflective of God’s will.

    Similar examples may occur in your life also. You may meet people who encourage you to “have fun” and “date a few guys so you know what you want in life.” But ladies, you don’t have to kiss a bunch of guys or date them to know what you want. If you follow God’s will, He will lead the way.

    American Idol wasn’t the final plan for Peters, but being there was part of it. Only later did she realize that.

    And only later, when you’re married to the man you waited to kiss, you’ll realize it was all part of God’s plan. I pray that you have the strength to wait, not only to date, but to kiss your “holy hunk” when the Lord brings you two together in holy matrimony.

    Ladies, are you planning on saving your first kiss until your wedding day?

    T.M. Gaouette
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on and .


    1. im so happy to see people go through with this. im saving my first kiss for the man that IS my husband. never dated before either. been tempted to do so. but someway somehow, God just seems to make me see smthn dat will make me shift my eyes. its important to pray for strength to keep to ur vow.

    2. I can’t say I fall under the category of waiting for my first kiss…:/ this guy and I liked each other for 2 years, yes, 2! I didn’t even live near him. He asked me if I would date him and I said yes. Before that, I prayed and said to God, “I don’t want to date anyone unless it’s the guy you want me to marry”. Well, then the guy asked me out and it was an easy yes. Probably the easiest one I have ever said. We loved each other (I still love him) we both wanted the same things, we had plans to marry each other and wanted each other forever. We promised each other and everything. Well, almost a year ago…a month before our 3 year anniversary of dating…he all the sudden didn’t want the same things…said he wanted to pursue his career and be single while doing so…said maybe in the future If it is God’s will, we will be together again. He broke up with me…and is now dating someone else. We don’t ever talk anymore and he treats me as if he never knew me. It hurts. A lot. And I was miserable for a long time. I still get sad every once in a while. And wonder why he treats me the way he does. I know it takes two. So I fully admit that part of the break up was my fault…but I still question sometimes as to why I could pray that prayer to God and then God gives me this amazing guy and then just like that, takes him. Maybe it’s a growing point? Maybe not. I know I’ve grown a bit since the break up. And I still wonder sometimes if God still wants me with said guy, and it’s just not the right time…sorry for the rant about all that…

      • I totally understand what you are feeling! I had the same thing happen to me about 6 months ago and it is very painful! My relationship with the Lord has grown by leap and bounds which makes me extremely grateful for the break up. I go to college with the guy who I was in a relationship with and now when I see him I can tell he still cares alot. I wish we talked more and could say how each other feels, but I know that for right now I am to be single. I do find myself wondering often though if he is supposed to be “the one”.

    3. I have been considering this topic for a while. I truly believe that saving my first kiss for marriage is what God wants me to do, but it is difficult to do this in a society where nothing physical is saved for marriage. I’m only 14 so I have a long way to go, but I know I can do it with God’s love and strength. Good luck to all of you hoping to do the same!

    4. I haven’t had my first kiss yet or my first boyfriend, but no, I’m not planning on saving my first kiss for marriage. To me, a kiss is just a way to show loving affection, not a compromise of purity. It just isn’t that big of a deal to me. It’ll happen when it happens.

    5. I think this is so beautiful. If you’re thinking about NOT saving your first kiss for marriage then make sure it’s really what you want. Don’t just jump into it. Society tells us that a kiss is just a kiss but once it happens you can see the emotion and power behind it. It’s sacred. I wish I saved my first kiss for marriage but the next time I will kiss a man, it will be on my wedding day. 🙂

    6. I wanted to save my first kiss for marriage. I have dated 2 guys, the guy I dated my freshman year I never kissed, but I also didn’t like him as much as I originally thought. My second boyfriend I met 2 months after breaking up with my first boyfriend and we started dating 5 months later. I lost track of that dream I once had and thought “Well I love him, so why not?” But I wasn’t ready for a dating relationship. We actually never even went out on a real date. I was scared and I realize that even though my brother started dating his future wife his sophomore year I was no where near ready for that. A few weeks before I broke up with my last boyfriend I told him I didn’t want to kiss anymore because of a promise I’d made to myself and forgotten. We got into a fight that soon calmed down. However a few weeks later we did break up and when he asked me why and one of the things I said is I wanted to wait to date until college. I’m now three and a half weeks from graduating and he is still the last person I dated. I haven’t done this without God’s help though. Anytime I met an awesome Christian guy that I started to like I found out not long after he had a girlfriend and I was forced to move on. If a guy I liked had come along and asked would I have been able to say no? I sure hope so, and if he didn’t understand why he probably wasn’t the right guy for me anyways. I’ve never been one of those girls that have wanted to date and kiss a ton of guys but now I’m praying for even more. That God helps me to say no to dating a guy that I couldn’t see myself dating. And that my future husband is understanding enough to wait until our wedding day for our first kiss.

    7. I have had this plan for a long while, to save my first kiss for my wedding day. I came up with doing that when I watched Josh and Anna have their first kiss n their wedding day. I thought it was so romantic and that is now my goal.

    8. I’ve actually seen Moriah Peters in person before. I didn’t speak with her personally but she was touring with Rend Collective and she spoke and performed a few songs. Joel was there too and they performed a song together. It was pretty cool. I had never heard of her before that concert but I’m glad I know of her now. She is such a beautiful example and inspiration to young women!

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