Sunday, February 10, 2008

Day of Purity

The Fifth Annual Day of Purity will be observed on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2008. The Day of Purity is a day when youth make a public demonstration of their commitment to remain sexually pure, in mind and actions. Thousands of students across the United States and around the world will be celebrating St. Valentine’s Day by wearing white T-shirts to school that day to publicly show their commitment to not having sex outside of marriage.

As the so-called mainstream media continues to inundate our nation’s young people with messages and images glorifying sexual immorality, a new movement encouraging teens and adolescents to remain sexually pure is gathering steam. It’s called the Day of Purity, and it takes place each year on February 14. This grass-roots effort is supported by Christian groups nationwide and organized by Liberty Counsel, a conservative religious rights group based in Orlando, Florida.

Mathew Staver of Liberty Counsel believes it is high time to encourage young people to remain sexually pure and to resist the popular media messages that tell young people that sex is virtually expected behavior for them. He initiated the day to allow young people who choose to remain chaste to have a national organization that will encourage their efforts. In addition, he wanted to illustrate the dark options that await those who launch into sexual experimentation.

He points to recent studies showing that more than three million U.S. teens are infected each year with sexually transmitted diseases, and this country has the highest teen pregnancy rate among developed countries.

In addition, 20 percent of the annual 1.3 million abortions in the U.S. are performed on teens. Staver says that, given the devastating consequences of choosing sex outside a monogamous marital relationship, everyone should wholeheartedly support youth who are willing to make the commitment to sexual purity.

This day offers youth the opportunity to make that commitment. When you stand up for sexual purity you send a message to parents, churches, communities, legislators, and the media that it’s time for a positive change in our culture. Now is the time for our youth to let their voices be heard. They can be a part of the “counter culture” saying, “It’s time for change. We can make a difference.” Each year, more and more students and organizations around the world have joined in the effort to spread the potentially lifesaving message of sexual purity. This year, more than 600 organizations and people from nine foreign countries have expressed support for the day.

The Day of Purity is a great opportunity for parents and their children to talk together and pray together about tough issues. As youth gather in groups to pray and seek God’s help and strength to keep their Pledge of Purity, they can also gather at home with their families and by praying together gain the support they need to keep their lives pure. The message we need to send to our youth is not to be discouraged. There are hundreds of thousands of youth who have already made the commitment to remain sexually pure. When you all stand together, you can make a
difference. You can restore our culture, one person at a time.

Though we live in a culture hostile to traditional values which has produced shocking statistics on the state of our youth, the question is what are you going to do about it? As youth, are you going to stand up and be heard for what you know is right?

As parents, are you going to get involved and fight for curriculum that reinforces traditional values? As pastors, are you going to teach from the pulpit the importance of maintaining sexual purity? The Day of Purity is your chance to do something, to get involved, to restore our culture.

There are hundreds of organizations throughout America dedicated to helping students maintain sexual purity. The Day of Purity complements those efforts. It is important to stress that the Day of Purity is not just for public school students. It is for private school students and home schooled students. It’s for parents, single adults and youth leaders. It’s for America. No matter how much we try to protect kids from the message of sexual promiscuity, it reaches them. It’s in our churches, at our playgrounds, and on our televisions. We need to fill the airwaves with our message of sexual purity.

Youth are encouraged to go to their local, state and federal leaders encouraging them to pass a proclamation or resolution supporting the Day of Purity.

Day of Purity participants can obtain a planning manual, wristbands, Tshirt, informative flyers, bumper stickers and a copy of the Pledge Card at

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