How does a guy in the 21st century write about purity? Letting my imagination go wild, as a movie producer depicting a biblical character I would use someone who created a ginormous scandal. One character bursts to mind, King David.
King David saw Bathsheba, in all her natural beauty. Yep he saw all her curves as she was on the rooftop taking a bath. The king did not avert his eyes, but his lingering observance turned into his mind going wild, entertaining his passion.
Nowadays most people would think this was perfectly ok. But it reminds me of God’s stark warning to Cain before he killed Abel. “If you do well, you can hold up your head; but if not, sin is a demon lurking at the door: his urge is toward you, yet you can be his master.”
What David did next was serve his passions rather than making his passions serve him. David did not stop with mere looking at the naked body of Bathsheba and imagining what he could do with her. It is possible to sin through entertaining lustful thoughts on their own; we ask God each Sunday at Mass to forgive us for our thoughts and our words through which we have sinned.
David’s passion exploded into an evil plan. First he inquired who the woman was. He sent messengers to go and get her and he slept with her. Sadly she did not refuse him. Some will think she was helpless to do so. But there have been women who have given their lives in order not to sin against God. Then Bathsheba became pregnant and David decided to have her husband, Uriah killed in battle.
PURITY ONLY FOR THE SELECT FEW?
Many view purity, especially virginity as being reserved only for nuns or priests, for their vocation. Thus many people see it as unobtainable. We live in a society which views it as normal that you must act on your sexual attractions. T.V. programs even glorify what David did, having an affair.
Following God’s way of purity is extremely hard and can even be lonely at times, but it is true freedom. God called us to a life of wholeness. By following His will we are truly fulfilled. All other feelings of happiness, even sexual happiness is short-term.
Brendan Roberts is an author of 6 books, speaker, missionary, and lay theologian. He shares his deep knowledge of the faith as well as his many experiences in life, including traveling the world in answer to God's call to share the Gospel. His writing style is down to earth, full of witty humor while bringing alive faith, everyday experiences, and Theology.
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