Purity: Is It Still Possible?

There is quite a bit of talk these days about purity.  Or, rather, not being pure.  I have personally read several blogs that take the “culture” approach.   It seems people believe that life is very different from biblical times, and thus, Scripture is no longer relevant; especially in regards to sexual sin.  But, life really isn’t all that new.  Sin has been sin since it was first introduced.  Homosexuality, adultery and premarital sex are not “new.”  What God’s Word says about the subjects still apply.  I guess what I find most concerning is that many who proclaim themselves believers find nothing wrong with engaging in acts that strip away their purity.  Some would say I am judging.  That’s another blog.  Just know that Scripture says we are to hold one another accountable, and when it refers to judging in the ever-popular Matthew 7:1, it is dealing with the Jews saying that Gentiles could not be saved.  It had nothing to do with sex, drinking or cursing.  I see several young women, my age and younger, who seem convinced that trying to be pure is a thing of the past.  An outdated trend like shoulder pads.  This is a lie from the enemy.  Purity is still a real possibility, and it is worth striving for!

With the Olympics hot on everyone’s mind, it has been super encouraging to see some female athletes glorifying God in the public eye.  One woman’s story, in particular, caught my eye.  Lolo Jones, a hurdler, talked very honestly and openly about how virginity has been a hard battle to fight.  (You can read more of her story here: www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2012-heavy-medal-london/post/hurdler-lolo-jones-virginity-has-been-harder-than-training-for-london-olympics/2012/05/23/gJQAOQo7kU_blog.html.)  I found this so refreshing.  No one said purity of any kind was easy.   The point is that its value is beyond measure.  You have to consider your relationship with Jesus a treasure.  It shouldn’t be something you’re willing to trade.  There are those who make mistakes.  I know there is forgiveness in Christ.  I do not look down on anyone.  What is heartbreaking is what I see on a daily basis.  The complacent teen or twenty-something that believes there is no use in trying.

Psalm 101:3 says, “I will not set anything godless before my eyes.  I hate the doing of transgression; it will not cling to me.”  Does this sound like a haphazard Christianity?  Can you feel the passion with which David wrote?  Don’t forget David’s history.  He was a man who knew sins of passion.  Yet, he no longer desired such things.  He says he hates sin, and vows it will not be a part of him.  There will be nothing godless before his sight.  That is serious.  Proverbs 8:7 says, “For my mouth tells the truth, and wickedness is detestable to my lips.”  Sin leaves a bad taste in the mouth.  God’s Word isn’t saying, “Well, God made you that way.”  “If you love him, it’s okay.”  “You’re married, so it doesn’t matter.”  “Do what feels right.”  NO!  Words like detestable carry weight.  We are to see sin and be repulsed by it!  We are to run from it!  We have gotten too used to sin.  We have accepted it as okay.  So much so, that we have no problem associating Jesus’ holy name with it.

Proverbs 20:11 tells us, “Even a young man is known by his actions—by whether his behavior is pure and upright.”  Our youth does not give us cause or excuse to ignore God’s warnings.  If we title ourselves as Christians, if we belong to Jesus, we ought to live accordingly.  James says it best through the Holy Spirit when he speaks about the tongue.  “With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who are made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come blessings and cursing.  My brothers, these things should not be this way.”  (James 3:9-10)  There should be a difference between us and the rest of the world.  Purity encompasses more than sexual sins.  Our mouths, thoughts and lives are to both reflect and bring glory to God.

I am all about organic, natural food.  We made the switch in our house some time ago.  However, there are those times when I eat some good ole, preservative filled, artificially flavored jellybeans.  How very contradictory of me.  Hypocritical even.  But with Christ, there is no room for indulgence.  We don’t have a free pass to sin.  We are to seek after purity with every fiber of our being until the day we see Jesus face to face.  The world has enough “Christians” doing life their own way.  What it needs is some sold out believers who are willing to deny themselves daily.  I pray that you will not give up on the pursuit of purity.  I pray you will set an example, no matter your age, for women (and men) all around you.  Purity isn’t out of style.  We need to remind ourselves and others that it is still worth the struggle.  Blessings!

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4 Responses to Purity: Is It Still Possible?

  1. amyraye says:

    Love it, Miranda! I am trying with great diligence to not be a haphazard parent and to never use the phrases “follow your gut” or “what do you feel is the right thing to do?” Being a deliberate parent with a goal is countercultural and bringing up children to remain pure seems daunting. My husband and myself very much want to impress on our girls that purity isn’t a “wait and see” goal. Purity is an intentional choice and an exhausting battle. To not remain pure is damaging in far more ways than anyone could imagine. For “the world” to view it so flippantly is irresponsible and disheartening. Thank you for your articulated encouragement! I’ll be sure to reference this blog once my girls hit “that age”!

    • mdsharp1 says:

      I am honored, Amy. Above that, however, I am so encouraged to know that there are those taking this struggle to heart. God bless you, Matt and yall’s girls as you seek to live for Jesus.

  2. Kimberly Harris says:

    I love it Miranda !!!! It’s value is beyond measure. Wonder how many more Bible verses refer to the value of purity ? Love reading your post. Sincerely, Kim

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