Purity, Purity! Wherefore art thou, O Purity?

Local news reports are brimming with bad news. Murders here, fires there, corruption on the left, economic breakdown the right. But you know what bad news hurts me the most? The fact that the Department of Health is constantly encouraging people, especially the youth, to purchase condoms or other form of contraceptive. They are so persistent to the extent that they bring the “urgent news” to Grade 5 kids! I have a brother on the same level and I can’t imagine him learning how to use a condom. Why should he know? Why should kids know? Besides, who has the right to teach kids (including teenagers) these things? The government has trespassed parental border.

Why does the DOH insist on the entire Philippines using condoms? They believe these “things” help decrease cases of STDs as well as the spread of the HIV virus which causes AIDS, or the total destroying of the immune system. Research shows that the use of contraceptives do not eliminate the risks of acquiring these diseases completely. It’s still a risky thing to do.

What will completely eliminate this problem, then? I believe the answer lies on the inner heart of man.  Purity , and purity alone, is the  key to eliminate such diseases. King Solomon was right when he said that there is a generation who thinks they are pure, but in reality they are not washed away from their own filthiness. (Proverbs 30:12) People always want the easy way out so they choose condoms over purity. Purity is a lifelong trait that ought to be maintained, but it’s sure worth the maintenance.

This I say out of the things I have learned from the Bible as well as my desire to see a ‘purity movement’ in this nation. I myself can stumble at some points because purity is not just about not having sex. It’s everything in you–your words, actions and thoughts. We can’t do this on our own; we need God’s Word and Spirit to guide and lead us. The question now is, what are we going to do about it? Before leaving this page, please leave a comment saying how you can help revive purity in a sin-contaminated world. Jesus wants to return and see His bride clean and pure, eagerly awaiting for His appearance. Let us encourage others, especially fellow teens (if you’re still part of that bracket) to do the same. Share other insights God has revealed to you.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” I Timothy 4:12 (emphasis added)