Teens Embrace Day of Purity on Valentine's

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Forget about the steamy romances that seem to dominate Valentine's Day for America's youth.

This February 14th, youth across the nation are celebrating and promoting the Fifth Annual Day of Purity by showing their fellow students that sexual purity is a positive and rewarding choice.

In a day and age when peer pressure forces countless teens to prematurely enter sexual relationships, the Day of Purity is a fresh wave sweeping across school campuses nationwide.

Relying on more than the word of mouth, Christian students have become actively involved by wearing white Day of Purity T-shirts and LivePure wristbands, distributing flyers and organizing events in their schools, churches and communities.

Planning manuals are offered to students to help them set up events. More info on Day of Purity is offered on Myspace and Facebook.

You can click here to purchase Day of Purity merchandise

See Ya, Hollywood

With the heightened sexual content found in movies, television, magazines, the Internet and even liberal sex education programs in the schools, American teens have their work cut out for them.

They'll be the first to tell you it's not easy opposing today's casual sex generation.

Everywhere students look, they find a culture that attacks biblical purity and promotes sexual freedom.

Little do many teens realize the many dangers of a promiscuous lifestyle, especially when they are counseled to fall into the "safety net" of readily available contraceptives.

The Day of Purity seeks to draw youth back to embracing biblical values regarding purity.

Instead of letting their peers believe that exploring their sexuality before marriage at a young age is the healthy and normal thing to do, Christian students are now alerting them to the dangers of promiscuous lifestyles.

Let the Numbers Do the Talking

If moral reasons aren't enough incentive to convince students to abstain from premarital sex, Liberty Counsel, which sponsors the Day of Purity, provides some hard numbers to expose the inherent dangers of promiscuity.

Students promoting the Day of Purity inform their schoolmates that 8,000 teens in America are infected with sexually transmitted diseases every day, as 14- to 25-year olds will comprise two-thirds of the 10 million STD cases contracted this year.

If that's not enough to get students to rethink their lifestyles, they're told that HIV cases of teenage girls skyrocketed by 117 percent between 1994 and 1998.

They are also reminded that their promiscuity affects more than themselves.

This year, more than 1 million teenage pregnancies will take place in the U.S. - a 430 percent increase from 1960 - giving our nation the highest teen pregnancy rate among developed countries.

What happens to the unborn children?

It's sobering to discover that 20 percent of the 1.3 to 1.5 million abortions performed annually in our nation are administered to teens.

"The consequences of sexual promiscuity among youth are devastating," said Rena Lindevaldsen, the Day of Purity international coordinator. "More than 3 million American teens are infected each year with sexually transmitted diseases."

Where Did We Go Wrong?

With moral absolutes being abandoned for moral relativism today, teens receive little ethical guidance in today's society.

Schools have all but abandoned abstinence training, with many giving in to the notion that "kids will be kids."

This is the kind of thinking that students behind the Day of Purity are looking to counter.

But their message on purity isn't confined within the campus gates.

The media, lawmakers, neighborhoods, churches and even parents are targeted in this campaign to make purity - not promiscuity - reign in our culture.

Find out how you can support the Day of Purity by clicking here.

Sources: Day of Purity, Liberty Counsel, CBN News

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