“True Love Waits.” That line might sound corny, but it’s an important truth our youth need to hear.
Consider this: Everyday they are bombarded with trendy messages telling them that if something feels good then it must be morally good. They are told that sex is fun, and that you don’t have to face its consequences as long as you have “safe” sex. No wonder then that so many of them engage in it before they are ready and — when contraceptives fail as they eventually will — they have to grow up quickly because of new, unexpected responsibilities.
Or, worse, they may end up murdering the innocent, unborn fruit of their indiscretion through abortion.
Is sex education the answer, as the proponents of the RH Bill say? Not if it just encourages more promiscuous behavior and even more health and social problems.
Fortunately, there is a viable, truly life-saving and life-changing alternative: education in purity and life values.
That is exactly what True Love Waits (TLW) Philippines (http://wagmuna.com and http://www.tlw.ph) is trying to do. The movement, which is affiliated with LifeWay Student Ministry, has a four-fold purpose (taken from the TLW Philippines website):
- GUIDE young people to make a commitment to sexual abstinence until marriage.
- GIVE young people who have made a commitment to abstinence a chance to reaffirm that promise and challenge other young people to do so.
- GUIDE parents of young people to make or reaffirm a commitment to Godly standards of sexual behavior and model a life committed to sexual purity.
- GIVE adults a tangible way to affirm and encourage young people who make a commitment to sexual abstinence until marriage.
Now that’s a whole lot better than teaching kids how to use condoms!
This month, on May 15, TLW will be conducting a Purity Conference Strategic Planning Session. The event will be held at the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug, Cebu City, from 9:00AM to 12:00 noon, and is for teachers, guidance counselors, leaders of youth organizations, and just about anyone else who wants to help organize the upcoming Purity Mega Event to be held on September 19, 2009, called UNASHAMED Cebu. Entrance is FREE.
Derek Ross, the group’s national Director, will be in Cebu to meet with interested parties at the planning conference and even afterwards. Derek’s a Texan, married with five kids, and likes to refer to himself as “Zaido, Pulis Pangkalokohan!” Yeah, I know. Don’t ask me where he got that one.
I attended the UNASHAMED Purity Conference held at the Mega Tent in Pasig last February. It was meaty, straightforward, and did not beat around the bush. It gave the participants straight talk on issues that matter in their lives, and did it all with a good dose of fun and humor. At the end we were treated to some good live music. I had the privilege and pleasure to see Barbie (of Barbie’s Cradle) perform again. She’s such a beautiful, blessed, and talented lady. Her testimony touched me as I’m sure it touched so many others. This is something your kids (and even you) shouldn’t miss.
See you at UNASHAMED Cebu on September 19!
For more information, contact Ree Soria, TLW’s national Media Coordinator, at 0926-6102514