Purity is something that’s pretty high on the Christian teen’s list.
In fact, the emphasis on purity is probably making most jewelers tickle themselves pink. Usually, rings are bought to commemorate an event of some sort. But no. Purity rings are supposed to celebrate absolutely nothing happening to you whatsoever. It’s like going out and buying a birthday cake when it’s no one’s birthday. Wouldn’t that be great for the birthday cake industry? In fact, we can get so caught up with the idea of physical purity that we forget that it’s not the only kind of purity that matters. So today, children, we’re going to talk about staying pure, and I don’t mean sexually.
We are fond of saying that Christianity isn’t a religion, which isn’t strictly true. The Bible condemns false religion, but it also tells us what true religion is. “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (James 1:27).
Clearly, keeping ourselves pure, or unstained, is of high priority. Contamination is to be avoided at all costs, and nowhere is this harder than in our minds. The Bible tells us to think about “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable” (Philippians 4:8).
Naturally, sexual purity is important. But controlling your mind is the first step towards purity of all kinds. We must “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). So, tear yourself away from your purity pledges for a few minutes, and think about what you’re thinking about.