Purity: A difficult task in a sex saturated world

As a society we are bombarded with advertisements, movies, television shows, etc. that promote how we should look and act; many of which are essentially promoting sex. Statistics now state that 65% (others say this number is higher) of students have had sex by the age of 18. Where has the mystery, the purity, the vulnerability, gone?

Researchers believe that “This high-dose exposure to portrayals of sex may affect adolescents’ developing beliefs about cultural norms. TV may create the illusion that sex is more central to daily life than it truly is and may promote sexual initiation as a result.”

As a result, youth today are asking questions like “How far is too far before you are married?  Is holding hands too far? Is a kiss too far? How do I know where the boundary line is?” How would you answer your child if they ask you such a question? I had to stop and think about it for a while before coming to any type of response. After much thought and conversing with others, I came to the conclusion that if you want to know how far is too far then you are aiming to sin. You need to be headed in an entirely different direction asking the question: “How can I remain pure and seek holiness in my life?”

It is not as though you have to run from the opposite sex, just be wise in your dealings with them. Not only for your own well-being, but for your witness as well. Paul states in 1 Timothy 4:11-12 “Prescribe and teach these things. Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” You are a light in the darkened world.  You are the one who can shine in someone else’s life for Christ.

Purity is a gift from God that can never be taken back once it is given away. Going against the mainstream media can be difficult on your own, but with a good support group holding you accountable the load is alleviated to a point. Who are you aligning yourself with?

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