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A message for today’s youth, purity is a beautiful quality

Posted: March 3, 2011 4:19 p.m.
Updated: March 4, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Why is purity no longer valued? I’ve often asked myself this question, especially through my high school years. Now, purity has become an “old-fashioned” way of living; a virtue that is ridiculed and scoffed at. Just last semester I was laughed at for wearing my purity ring, a symbol that says I will wait for marriage.

That episode brought to my attention that in today’s society purity is a rare characteristic. But isn’t rarity what makes something beautiful and more valuable? So I just want to speak some words of encouragement to those who struggle with staying  pure in a world that screams that being impure is the acceptable way to be. We are bombarded through movies, television, music, and celebrities with the message that true love doesn’t have to wait and that there are never any consequences to face at the end of our decisions.

It’s sad when some are beguiled into thinking that those statements are true. Purity is such a beautiful quality and should be viewed as such. It can be given away quickly but can never be fully regained. So for those out there who feel insecure in your purity because the world continually says it’s alright to compromise in that area, stand strong and don’t give in. Of course, it will be difficult because we are only humans with human desires, but just remember that you are unique and still have an incredible gift saved for your future spouse that most have already given away.

And to those that didn’t wait but wished you’d had, forgiveness is there for the asking. You should never be condemned for your mistakes, and while true purity may never be physically fully reclaimed, God’s mercies are new every morning. So don’t let the world demean purity into something ridiculous and shameful, for it is quite the opposite. Stand firm in your beliefs and hold tight to that rare and beautiful quality that is purity.

(Christina Stokes is a contributing columnist for the C-I from Camden High School and can be reached at columnist@ci-camden.com.)

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