Girls Chasing Beauty; Boys Chasing Heroic Strength
Speaking to my church’s youth group a while back, I declared to the young men and women in the room what makes them strong/beautiful. I have a passion for sharing this message because it is so counter-culture to what this world tells them. Propaganda from internet celebrity gossip to most advertising outlets perverts the message of strength and beauty.
So I type in all caps to emphasize the truth!
LADIES, YOUR INNOCENCE IS BEAUTIFUL. PROTECT IT. SO WHAT IF OTHERS LAUGH AT YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE NAIVE IN THE WAYS OF INTIMACY WITH A BOY. LET THEM MOCK. YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN SAYS YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. INNOCENCE IS TRULY ADMIRABLE, AND GOD’S JEALOUS DESIRE FOR YOU TO MAINTAIN PURITY IS FOR THE PROTECTION OF YOUR BEAUTY. THERE IS ONE DESERVING OF THE GIFT OF KNOWING YOU, AND THE COVENANT OF MARRIAGE BINDS YOU TO HIM.
YOUNG MEN, YOU ARE STRONG AND YOU DO HAVE WHAT IT TAKES, BUT YOUR VALOR HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE NUMBER OF GIRLS WHO FILTER THROUGH YOUR FUTURE DORM ROOM. IT HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH YOUR ABILITY TO PROTECT A YOUNG WOMEN’S VIRTUE. DON’T CONTRIBUTE TO THE ENEMY’S ASSAULT AGAINST HER BEAUTY FOUND IN INNOCENCE. HE WANTS TO RENDER HER WORTHLESS IN HER OWN EYES, BUT YOUR HEROIC STRENGTH PROTECTS HER FROM DIMINISHING LABELS. BE COURAGEOUS IN THE DEFENSE OF GOD’S DAUGHTERS.
I understand that many men and women are in need of the redemptive work of God’s grace. Even though they fell to the enemy’s deception, God restores all who turn their hearts to Him. But we also speak to the young to offer guidance in a proactive manner. Many of today’s youth crave truth, and because we declare the high standard of Jesus Christ, they will walk in the Spirit’s strength to see the Father’s reward realized.
Will we challenge them?
Chasing true beauty,